A Dead Case of Avian Influenza Reported

AKP Phnom Penh, October 08, 2023 -- A 50-year-old man living in Tras commune, Romeas Hek district, Svay Rieng province, has died of H5N1 avian influenza, announced the Ministry of Health in a press release this evening.

According to the source, the man was confirmed positive for H5N1 on Oct. 7 by the National Institute of Public Health.

This is the 2nd case of H5N1 this year, and the 58th person to be infected with the virus in Cambodia since 2005, it pointed out.

The Ministry of Health’s Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) at the national and sub-national levels have been working to investigate the causes of transmission on both animals and humans and implement control measures.

H5N1 is a type of influenza virus that causes a highly infectious, severe respiratory disease in birds called avian influenza (or “bird flu”). Human cases of H5N1 avian influenza occur occasionally, but it is difficult to transmit the infection from person to person.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse