By Sun Narin
Cambodia’s Minister of Health Mr Mam Bunheng said on Friday that a 4-year old girl from northwestern province of the country Banteay Meanchey died of avian influenza H5N1 after being sick and treated by the local medical.
He said that she was the 17th person in Cambodia who was infected with the H5N1 virus and the fifteenth to die from complications of the bird flu.
“Avian influenza is still dangerous to Cambodian people’s health. Children appear to be most susceptible,” said Minister of Health Mam Bunheng. All seven of Cambodia’s bird flu cases since January have been fatal. Six of the victims were children.
He suggested the parents should keep the children away from the sick or dead poultry and be clean with the hands and they should take their children to the hospital urgently after realizing the disease.
The H5N1 strain of avian influenza has killed 330 people worldwide since 2003, the statement said.
H5N1 and H1N1 virus or sometimes-called swine flu is the threat in Cambodia. Last year, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and other five government officials have fallen with H1N1 virus.