Ms. Youk Sambath, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health, has confirmed that the Ministry of Health’s emergency response team has found 12 more people possibly infected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) in Prey Veng province.
The Secretary of State made her statement last night, following the death on Wednesday of an 11 year old girl from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N1) in Roleang village, Romlech commune, Sithor Kandal district, Prey Veng province.
This marked the first case of death from bird flu since 2014 and the 57th case in the Kingdom.
Between 2005 and 2014, the government reported 37 H5N1-related deaths.
The Secretary of State stated that four of the affected people have begun to show symptoms.
She added that the emergency response team took their samples for analysis at a laboratory in Phnom Penh and the results will be released today.
The Health Ministry said its emergency response teams are investigating the area where the case happened.
The statement said “an irregular number of dead wild animals” were found near the place where the infected girl lived.
Samples from the dead animals were taken for lab testing and the ministry is awaiting the results.
Ms. Youk Sambath also said that the Ministry of Health’s emergency response team will continue to search for those affected by bird flu in schools tomorrow.
With the discovery of the infected people , Ms. Youk Sambath called on the villagers to increase vigilance, health care and follow the instructions of professional officials.
Public health expert Dr Quach Mengly said the disease has symptoms similar to a cold, cough, and fever and is highly life-threatening without treatment.
“To prevent the infection, please avoid touching and eating sick and dead animals,” he said. “Bury the dead animals properly, and wash your hands properly after that.”
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 (A/H5N1) is a subtype of the influenza A virus which can cause illness in humans and many other animal species.
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A bird-adapted strain of H5N1, called HPAI A(H5N1) for highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of type A of subtype H5N1, is the highly pathogenic causative agent of H5N1 flu, commonly known as avian influenza (“bird flu”).
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