PHNOM PENH – A 50-year-old Cambodian man has succumbed to bird flu, marking the second recorded death from the virus in the country this year. The announcement came from the Cambodian health ministry on Sunday, emphasizing the need for vigilance.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has noted the detection of bird flu in mammals but has emphasized that the risk to humans remains low.
Tragic Bird Flu Fatality in Cambodia Sparks Vigilance
According to the ministry’s statement, tests confirmed the presence of the H5N1 bird flu virus in the man, whose identity remains undisclosed. He hailed from eastern Svay Rieng province, which shares its border with Vietnam. The positive test results date back to October 7.
While health officials did not specify the exact time of the man’s demise, they have initiated a comprehensive investigation into the bird flu case. Typically, bird flu spreads to humans through direct contact with infected birds. Authorities are diligently tracing the source of the infection and are examining individuals who may have had contact with the victim.
This unfortunate incident underscores the importance of ongoing vigilance and efforts to monitor and prevent the spread of bird flu in Cambodia.