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The Cambodia Ministry of Health reports that an 11-year-old in Roleang village, Romlech commune, Sithor Kandal district, Prey Veng province has died after contracting H5N1 avian influenza, the first case in Cambodia in nine years (March 14, 2014).

H5N1 avian influenza/CDC

The girls started to show symptoms on February 16 (fever, cough, sore throat), received treatment in the village for three days without improving before being transferred to the National Paediatric Hospital in Phnom Penh on February 21. She died the next day.

Im Rachna, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said that all 25 chicken and ducks at the girl’s home died. “Her home had 22 chicken and three ducks … But no one ate them; they were all burned.”

Today, the Khmer Times reports the Ministry of Health’s emergency response team has found 12 more people infected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) in Prey Veng province.

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