An 11-year-old boy died from avian flu in Phnom Penh’s Kantha Bopha Hospital on Friday, a hospital representative said yesterday.
The boy, from Kampong Chhnang province, was one of two admitted to the hospital last week suffering from H5N1, according to Dr Denis Laurent; an 8-year-old boy from Kandal province is in stable condition.
The news from Kantha Bopha comes on the heels of a joint statement released by ministry officials and the WHO on Friday, announcing the death of a three-year-old boy, who was the sixth confirmed case of avian influenza in Cambodia this year, and the 53rd person to become infected.
The boy, from Chom Chao commune in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district, was admitted to the National Pediatric Hospital on February 28, and transferred to Calmette Hospital on March 2, where he died an hour later, says Friday’s statement from the Ministry of Health and WHO.
At least 22 cases of bird flu in Cambodia were recorded by the Ministry of Health last year, more than any previous year.