Thursday, April 4, 2013

Cambodia reports 10th bird flu case this year

A six-year-old boy from Southwestern Kampot province was confirmed to have contracted with Avian Influenza H5N1, bringing the number of the cases to 10 and the death toll remained at eight in 2013, a health expert said Wednesday. "The boy was admitted to the Kantha Bopha Hospital in Phnom Penh on March 31 for severe pneumonia, and he was tested positive for H5N1 at the Instituts Pasteur on Tuesday,"Dr. Denis Laurent, deputy director of the hospital, told Xinhua."The boy is still alive, but in severe conditions."

The country sees the worst outbreak of the virus this year since the disease was first identified in 2004. To date, the country has recorded 31 human cases of the virus, killing 27 people.