Friday, January 25, 2013

Two Cambodians die from bird flu after preparing infected chicken: WHO

Jan 25, 2013

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Two Cambodians have died from bird flu contracted while preparing infected chicken, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said today.

Tests on the victims, a 15-year-old girl and a 35-year-old man who died earlier this week, confirmed they had contracted the H5N1 strain of avian influenza, the WHO said in a joint statement with the Cambodian health ministry.

An eight-month-old boy admitted to hospital in Phnom Penh on Jan 9 was also infected with H5N1 but later recovered, the statement said.

There was evidence of infections among poultry in the villages of the two who died and the pair "prepared sick chicken for food prior to becoming sick", the statement said.

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