Special report: Global fight against bird
PHNOM PENH, April 9 (Xinhua) -- The death of a
13-year-old girl over bird flu in Kampong Cham province on April 5 was an
isolated case, local media Monday quoted health official as saying.
A Cambodia girl feeds her fighting cock at Kong Pisey district in Kampong Speu province, 50 km (31 miles) west of Phnom Penh, April 7, 2007.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
An investigation of those who had contacted her at
her home and the hospital where she was treated has turned up negative results
thus far, English newspaper the Cambodian Daily quoted Micheal O' Leary, the
World Health Organization's (WHO) country representative as saying.
"So far, this looks to be one isolated case," he
The girl was the seventh victim of the epidemic for
the kingdom. She was known to have prepared and eaten a sick chicken from near
her house before her death.
Right after her death, a team of investigators from
he Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and WHO went to the field to
determine whether there are any more cases.
At the beginning of this month, WHO just concluded a regional mock exercise to transfer anti-bird flu drugs from the stockpile site in Singapore to Cambodia in order to contain a possible bird flu spread among human beings.