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61 Children in Cambodia Dead Due to Unknown Disease

61 Children in Cambodia Dead Due to Unknown Disease

(epharmanews) – After an unknown disease killed 61 children during the last three months in the South-East Asian country of Cambodia, the World Health Organization (WHO) is collaborating with Cambodia’s Health Ministry to investigate this incident.

The investigators are focusing on the cause and source of the disease, which are yet to be found out, for appropriate treatment and control, according to a government press release.

Many cases of severe respiratory disorders with neurological symptoms had been reported to the Ministry, said the press release, and only one child, out of 62 admitted to hospitals, survived this disease.

Doctors of the Kantha Bopha Children's Hospital in capital Phnom Penh were the first to alert the Ministry on the issue. This unknown disease starts with high fever followed by respiratory or neurologic symptoms with rapid deterioration of respiratory functions.

The release said that there has been no apparent clustering of cases. Most of the cases came from the southern parts of the country.

Cambodian health minister Mam Bun Heng said: “We are currently investigating the cases and possible causes of the disease are being considered but definite identification of the cause and source may take some time,”

Cambodia has officially notified neighboring countries about the disease in a posting through the international health regulations event information system.

Dr. Nima Asgari, team leader of the WHO-Cambodia, said the organization was closely monitoring the situation and was providing technical assistance to the Health Ministry on field epidemiology, clinical management and active case finding.

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Prepared by: Basel AlJunaidy

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