Bird Flu: Cambodian Toddler Is The Sixth Fatality In The Recent Outbreak

Tara Dodrill

The bird flu has claimed the life of a Cambodian toddler. The 3-year-old girl has become the sixth fatality of the latest outbreak. The young child reportedly came into contact with poultry in her southern Kampot province village.

There have been recent poultry deaths in the same Cambodian village, US News reports. There have been seven cases of the bird flu in the country so far this year. Only one H5N1 victim survived the infection.

In January four Cambodians died after contracting the H5N1 virus. A 17-month-old baby girl was among the dead last month. Last week a 5-year-old Cambodian girl also died after becoming ill with the bird flu.

Tests on the toddler Cambodian girl confirmed she had been infected with the H5N1 strain of the bird flu. The toddler reportedly had a history of being near poultry prior to becoming ill.

Although the avian flu typically spreads between ill poultry, it can be spread from the animals to people. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, controversial bird flu testing recently began anew after a moratorium on such research. Fears that the test could initiate airborne bird flu contraction prompted the testing ban.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) statistics, a total of 365 people have died since the bird flu surfaced in 2003. Cambodia has had 28 cases of the H5N1 virus since 2003, Channel News Asia reports. Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng noted in a statement that the avian flu remains a serious threat to citizens, especially children.

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