Concerns risings as H5N1 claims 2 more victims in Cambodia

February 24, 2011 PHNOM PENH,  (Kyodo) – Cambodia announced Wednesday that a 19-year-old woman and her 11-month-old son died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu, bringing to three the country’s death toll from the virus this month. A joint statement released by the Cambodian Health Ministry and the World Health Organization said the woman died on Feb. 12 and the boy on Feb. 17, adding they contracted the virus from eating and preparing sick poultry while visiting relatives. The two lived in Banteay Meanchey Province, some 400 kilometers northwest of the capital Phnom Penh. A 5-year-old girl from Phnom Penh died on Feb. 4 as a result of respiratory complications from H5N1. The virus normally spreads between sick poultry but it can sometimes spread from poultry to humans. –Malaysian Sun
Virus spreads to Vietnam: Vinh Phuc provincial People’s Committee has announced a new outbreak of bird flu in Tam Quan commune, Tam Dao district, and the locality is deploying urgent measures to fight this disease. From February 10-16, many poultry in Tam Quan commune showed symptoms of infection with A/H5N1 virus. Vinh Phuc provincial Health Department said the main cause was some households raising ducks didn’t destroy sick poultry and threw them untidily to the environment, spreading the disease to other poultry. The provincial People’s Committee has directed to establish 9 checking points in Tam Quan commune and carried out measures to quarantine infected areas and sterilize breeding farms. –VOV News
See: Is a H5N1 pandemic brewing?
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