Cambodia Records First Bird Flu Death Since 2014


The Cambodian Ministry of Health has reported the country’s first death from H5N1, or bird flu, since 2014.

Khmer Times reports that a 12-year-old girl from the southern province of Prey Veng in Cambodia died after contracting a bird flu infection.

The young girl exhibited symptoms including coughing and a sore throat before her condition worsened, and she was admitted to the National Pediatric Hospital in Phnom Penh on Tuesday.

She passed away at the hospital on Wednesday with a positive lab test result of H5N1 from the Cambodian National Institute of Public Health.

According to a statement from the Cambodian Ministry of Health, emergency response teams discovered an abnormal amount of dead wild animals near the girl’s residence.

The girl’s 49-year-old father has also been confirmed as having the disease.

Health officials are investigating those who had close contact with the girl and monitoring people in the local area to identify potential infections.

This is the first avian flu-related fatality in Cambodia since 2014.

Between 2005 and 2014, the Cambodian government recorded 37 cases of avian flu.