‘Worrying’ bird flu situation in Cambodia as WHO starts investigation

‘WHO takes the risk from this virus seriously and urges heightened vigilance from all countries’

Maroosha Muzaffar
Sunday 26 February 2023 13:00 GMT
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<p>Local authority officials meet health experts before spraying disinfectant at a village in Prey Veng eastern province in Cambodia</p>

Local authority officials meet health experts before spraying disinfectant at a village in Prey Veng eastern province in Cambodia

The World Health Organisation has described the bird flu situation in Cambodia as “worrying”.

The WHO’s intervention comes after an 11-year-old girl died after being infected by the virus last week. It was the south Asian country’s first known case of H5N1 virus infection since 2014, health minister Mam Bunheng said.

Now the World Health Organisation is working with Cambodian authorities after two confirmed human cases of H5N1 bird flu were found in one family in the country, it was reported.

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