A nine-year-old boy in Kratie province, northeastern Cambodia, succumbed to H5N1 avian influenza, marking the nation’s first fatality from the virus this 12 months.
“Laboratory outcomes from the Nationwide Institute of Public Well being confirmed that the boy was optimistic for H5N1 hen flu,” the Ministry mentioned on Friday.
Younger Boy Succumbs to Avian Influenza
The boy was pronounced lifeless on Thursday, though the medical staff had offered him intensive care, the Ministry mentioned, including that the sufferer had the signs of fever, fast respiratory, cough and coma, Xinhua information company reported.”In accordance with queries, 5 hen and three geese had died on the boy’s home, and the lifeless poultry have been cooked for meals,” the Ministry mentioned.
A staff of well being consultants was trying into the supply of the an infection and inspecting any suspected instances or individuals who have been in touch with the sufferer to be able to forestall an outbreak locally, the Ministry added.
Tamiflu Distribution Amidst H5N1 Issues
Tamiflu, an antiviral drug to forestall hen flu from spreading, was additionally given out to individuals who had direct contact with the boy, the Ministry mentioned. H5N1 influenza is a flu that usually spreads between sick poultry, however it could actually generally unfold from poultry to people, and its signs embody fever, cough, operating nostril and extreme respiratory sickness.
The Ministry added that hen flu nonetheless poses risk to folks’s well being, particularly youngsters, calling on folks to not eat ailing or lifeless poultry. A complete of 65 instances of human an infection with H5N1 influenza have been recorded since 2003, together with 42 deaths within the Southeast Asian nation, in keeping with the Ministry.