WHO Donates 3,000 Doses of Tamiflu to Cambodia

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has provided 3,000 doses of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) to the Ministry of Health of Cambodia via the Communicable Disease Control Department (CDC).

The donated drugs will be used to respond to the spread of avian influenza (H5N1) in Prey Veng province and to possible outbreak in other provinces, said the CDC this morning.

As of Feb. 28, there are two confirmed human H5N1 cases in Cambodia, added the same source, pointing out that the first case is an 11-year-old girl who has passed away, and the second case is the girl's father who was cured and discharged today. They both live in Roleang village, Romleach commune, Sithor Kandal district, Prey Veng province.

According to the research results, the CDC underlined, the two cases were infected with H5N1 from poultry in the village, but there was no sign of person-to-person spread between them.

Yesterday, H.E. Dr. Or Vandine, Secretary of State and Spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, affirmed that the situation of H5N1 in Roleang village is now under control.

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.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press