07 October, 2009

Man, woman die from H1N1 in capital, bringing death toll to 3

Cambodia health officials confirmed tow more deaths linked to the outbreak of the H1N1 influenza virus, bringing the national death toll to three since Sept 27.

Health Minister Marm Bunheng said a 41-year-old woman became Cambodia’s second and third victime respectively after dying in the capital’s Calmette Hospital. The man Choun Vanthon, passed away Monday while Ouk Sokhunthea died yesterday two days after doctors at the hospital delivered her infant daughter...

The minister said in all three cases, the patients had underlying medical conditions that contributed to their deaths, Mr Vannthon had high blood pressure and Mrs Sokunthea’s pregnancy put her at risk. Lim Lay Heng, who was the first swine flue victim to die on Sept 27, suffered from and unspecified lung diseases.

The minister also appealed to public to take precautions and avoid large crowd s if the experience flue-like symptoms.

“If you have child with a high temperature , please don’t join ceremonies and don’t go to go to gathering for religious ceremonies” said Dr Bunheng, adding that sick individuals should also avoid the upcoming Water Festival celebration in Phnom Penh because Swine flu is spreading to fast from one to another.

Cambodia recorded its first confirmed case of swine flue in lasted June after test result for a 16-year-old US visitor came back positive. The Health Ministry stated there are 120 reported cases of the disease as of yesterday.

According the World Health Organization, there have been more than 340,000 confirmed cases worldwide and roughly 4,100 deaths link to the illness as of Sept 27. (Cambodia Dialy news)


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