Health Senior Official: Situation of H5N1 in Roleang Village under Control

The situation of avian influenza (H5N1) in Roleang village, Romleach commune, Sithor Kandal district, Prey Veng province, is now under control, affirmed on Monday H.E. Dr. Or Vandine, Secretary of State and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health and Chairperson of Ad-hoc Committee for Rolling Out COVID-19 Vaccination Throughout the Country (ACC-19).

Only two cases of H5N1 have been detected and confirmed by the lab, she wrote, adding that a girl (11 years old and 6 months) passed away and her father confirmed positive for H5N1 is under the medical care and treatment in district hospital.

“After treating him, his additional sample was tested and got negative result as I received the information this morning of Feb. 27, 2023, but he is still in hospital to complete his treatment course according to the drug usage's protocol,” she continued.

A total of 29 samples – 16 closed contacts and 13 illness like influenza (ILI) – collected by the investigation team have been tested by the laboratory with all negative results, she pointed out.

H.E. Dr. Or Vandine took the opportunity to re-appeal to the public to implement precaution measures by regularly washing hands with soap and water, not to touch or stay away from sick or dead poultry, eat well cooked foods ..

“Any suspect, kindly report to a local health authority or if any suspected signs and symptoms, please seek medical examination at a hospital nearby or call 115,” she said.

The two confirmed human cases of H5N1 are the first cases reported in Cambodia since 2014, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press