Wednesday, July 3, 2013

CIDRAP: Cambodian man survived H5N1 coinfection

Cambodian health officials have identified another H5N1 avian influenza case, in a 58-year-old man who tested positive for flu in January but whose samples revealed co-infection with H5N1 in routine retrospective tests.
The man's infection was announced yesterday in a joint statement from Cambodia and the World Health Organization (WHO). It included news of the recent death of a 6-year-old girl from H5N1 and another retrospective H5N1 case, that of a 5-year-old girl, that was confirmed in early May.
The man is from Phnom Penh and was first tested for flu on Jan 9. He had been hospitalized in Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital and has since recovered. The statement didn't say what other strain the man had along with H5N1.
The man's illness was counted as Cambodia's 12th H5N1 case so far this year, and his infection and the 6-year-old girl's death raise the country's cumulative total to 34 cases, of which 28 were fatal. The two new Cambodian cases raise the global H5N1 count to 632 cases and 376 deaths, according to the WHO.
Jul 2 WHO/Cambodia joint statement
Jul 2 CIDRAP News story "Cambodian girl dies from H5N1 infection" 

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