ProMED's article gives us the confirmation date as well as the onset date for this case]
Published Date: 2013-07-02 19:35:50
Archive Number: 20130702.1803875
Date: Tue 2 Jul 2013
Source: English News, Xinhuanet report [edited]
6-year-old girl from Cambodia's southwestern Kampot province has died
of avian influenza H5N1, bringing the death toll to 9 and the number of
cases to 13 so far this year , a joint statement by the World
Health Organization and the Cambodian Health Ministry said Tuesday [2
The girl was confirmed positive for human H5N1 avian
influenza on Friday last week [28 Jun 2013] by L'Institut Pasteur du
Cambodge, the statement said, adding that she developed fever and
headache last Monday [24 Jun 2013], and her condition worsened with
cough and dyspnea. The girl was taken to a private clinic until, last
Friday, she was admitted to the Kantha Bopha Hospital with fever,
dyspnea and cough, it said. "In the Kantha Bopha Hospital, the girl was
treated with Tamiflu but died later in the night," it said. "There have
been recent poultry deaths in the girl's village, and the girl was
likely exposed to sick and dead poultry before she became sick."
influenza H5N1 remains a serious threat to the health of all
Cambodians. This is the 13th case of H5N1 infection in humans this year
," Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in the statement. He said
children also seem to be most vulnerable and are at high risk because
they like to play where poultry are found. "I urge parents and guardians
to keep children away from sick or dead poultry and prevent them from
playing with chickens and ducks," he said. "Parents and guardians must
also make sure children wash their hands with soap and water after any
contact with poultry."
H5N1 influenza is a flu that normally
spreads among sick poultry, but it can sometimes spread from poultry to
humans, the statement said, adding that it is a very serious disease
that requires hospitalisation. Cambodia has seen the worst outbreak of
the virus this year  since the disease was 1st identified in 2004.
To date, the country has recorded 34 human cases of the virus, which
has killed 28 people. Globally since 2003, there have been 632
laboratory confirmed human cases of H5N1 avian influenza with 376
related deaths, said the statement.
ProMED-mail from HealthMap Alerts
now ranks 5th among the 15 countries reporting human cases of avian
A/(H5N1) influenza virus infection, after Indonesia, Egypt, Viet Nam and
The coastal province of Kampot can be located in the map of Cambodia at http://phnompenhtour.com/cambodia-provinces/2.html.