56 People in Cambodia Died from Unknown Illness – Majority are Children under Three Years of Age

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(Best Syndication News) - The World Health Organization (WHO) reported an undiagnosed syndrome that killed 56 children in Cambodia. The majority of the children were under the age of three. The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia is investigating the cause of the illness.

The initial investigation found 74 cases of the suspected outbreak between April and July 5, 2012. Within these cases, 57 of the infected had symptoms of a fever, respiratory problems, and neurological issues. Fifty-six people died who had these symptoms.

The infected were determined not to have H5N1, other flu viruses, SARS, or Nipah.

The majority of the cases reported were from the Kantha Bopha Children’s hospital in Phnom Penh.

The country's health officials have been instructing citizens to bring children with these symptoms to the hospital for care and to follow proper hygiene routines, such as washing regularly.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

ref: WHO

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