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Children Among Infected in Village Outbreak of HIV

  • Kong Sothanarith
  • VOA Khmer

FILE - An HIV-positive patient rests at the Khmer-Soviet Hospital in Phnom Penh, file photo.

FILE - An HIV-positive patient rests at the Khmer-Soviet Hospital in Phnom Penh, file photo.

A total 106 people have now tested positive for HIV, including many children, in a village where health officials fear the repeated use of an infected needle could be causing a devastating outbreak.

A local health clinic in Rokar village, Battambang province, is now under investigation, after nearly 800 people were tested for the virus.

At least 25 people infected are under the age of 15, Teng Kunthy, secretary-general of the National AIDS Authority, told reporters Wednesday.

Testing continues in the village, some 8 kilometers outside the provincial capital, but Teng Kunthy said he is also now concerned about further spread of the disease and its effects on the lives of those who have contracted it.

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