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March 23, 2006

Cambodian girl "died of bird flu"

Thanks to the reader who tipped me off to this story: Cambodian girl "died of bird flu."

Initial tests on a three-year-old Cambodian girl who died after playing with sick birds show she was infected the deadly H5N1 type of bird flu, officials of the health ministry and the UN World Health Organisation say.

The girl, whose name was not immediately available, died on Tuesday, a few days after playing with birds in the province of Kampong Speu, about 45km west of the capital Phnom Penh, said Ly Sovann, chief of the disease control bureau of Cambodia's Health Ministry.

Megge Milller, a locally based WHO representative, confirmed preliminary tests found the virulent H5N1 virus in the girl.

If confirmed by further tests, the girl would be Cambodia's fifth fatality from the disease since 2003, and the first this year.

Posted by dymaxion at March 23, 2006 11:41 PM

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