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Bird Flu Kills 12th Person in Cambodia this Year

6 November 2013

A 2-year-old girl has become the 12th person to die of bird flu in Cambodia this year, authorities said on Monday. The girl died from the H5N1 bird flu virus on Oct. 26 after suffering from fever, difficulty in breathing and lethargy, the country’s Health Ministry and the World Health Organization said in a joint statement. The statement said that an investigation at the girl’s village in the western province of Pursat revealed that two months before her illness, poultry had died suddenly at her grandparents’ house, where she often stayed. The numbers of confirmed human cases and deaths from bird flu in Cambodia this year are the highest since the disease surfaced in 2003. Of the 44 cases confirmed in the country, 23 have occurred this year.—AP