A 7-year-old girl died on Tuesday from complications of avian influenza, making the fourteenth H5N1-related death in Cambodia since 2005, according to a joint statement from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization. The girl from Prasat commune in Prey Veng's Kampong Trabek district, first fell ill in May 2. After being treated by local practicioners, she was admitted to Kantha Bopha Children Hospital in Phnom Penh on May 31 and died of respiratory complications the following week. Forther testing confirmed she had been infected with avian influenza. Minister of Health Mam Bun Heng said in the statement "Avian influenza H5N1 is still a threat to.. Cambodians. Compared to last year, we have seen more H5N1 cases this year and children appear to be most vulnerable." From 2005 until this June, 16 cases of avian influenza have been confirmed. More than half were children, all of whom died. The Ministry of Health's Rapid Response Teams are conducting investigations in the Prasat area to identify and initiate treatment of those who may have been in contact with the girl.
(The Cambodia Daily: June 11-12, 1011)