Health

Disease Outbreak Has Killed More Than 50 Children Since April, Officials Say

Cambodian health officials say a disease that has killed more than 50 children since April has been potentially identified as a deadly virus.

People with their small children are waiting out side Kuntha Bopha hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
People with their small children are waiting out side Kuntha Bopha hospital in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Heng ReaksmeyVOA Khmer

Cambodian health officials say a disease that has killed more than 50 children since April has been potentially identified as a deadly virus.

According to lab results, Enterorvirus 71, which can cause hand, foot and mouth disease, or HFMD, has been identified as the cause of death for a “significant proportion” of those tested, according to officials from the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization.

Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in a statement more investigation was ongoing.

Sok Touch, director of the communicable disease program at the Ministry of Health, said officials still do not know what caused the outbreak.

Health officials say more study is needed for the results to be conclusive.

Fever, poor appetite, malaise and sore throat are all symptoms of the disease. Within a day or two after onset of fever, painful sores develop in the mouth that can turn into ulcers.

“A person with HFMD may not have symptoms, or may have only the rash or only mouth ulcers,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

“HFMD virus is contagious and infection is spread from person to person by direct contact with nose or throat discharge, saliva, fluid from blisters, or the stool or infected persons. Infected persons are most contiguous during the first week of the illness, but the period of communicability can last for several weeks. HFMD is not transmitted from pets or other animals.”

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one
Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Seeking Stronger Ties as Cambodia’s Political Reforms Move Forward​i
X
28 August 2014
A senior US diplomat says the country is looking to strengthen ties with Cambodia, now that the opposition has ended a boycott of the National Assembly. “We want to have a good relationship with the nation of Cambodia, the people of Cambodia,” Scot Marciel, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Bureau, told VOA Khmer in an exclusive interview. “We have an interest in a Cambodia that is successful, democratic, more prosperous, enjoying good health, and good education. Again, this is mostly up to the Cambodian people but we want to be supportive because it’s in our interest for Cambodia to be successful.” The US has made a recent diplomatic resurgence in Asia, where China’s influence continues to grow.​ Marciel, who is visiting the country, said Wednesday that Cambodia’s moves toward electoral reforms are encouraging. “I think what we’re looking to see, like the Cambodian people, the people here have made it clear that they would like to see some more reforms some progress on some of the challenges that the Cambodia faces, and we feel the same way,” he said. “We are hopeful that the government and the parliament as it is now seated can move ahead on some of the reforms that people here have called for. We think that would be a positive step.” (Sok Khemara, Washington)

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)i
X
25 August 2014
You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)

You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
Video

Video Scratch Someone's Back (Movie: Batman Begins)

You can say, "Yeah sure, I can get you a job at CNN easily. Now, if 'YOU SCRATCH MY BACK, I'LL SCRATCH YOURS'." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Wild Goose Chase (Movie: Inside Man)

You can say, "The policeman was sent on a 'wild goose chase' to find the killer. All the clues that were given to him turned out to be false." What does it mean? Watch here.
Video

Video Let Bygones Be Bygones (Movie: The Social Network)

You can say, "I know he hurt you, he gave up on you, and that broke your heart. But that's the past, you have to 'let bygones be bygones." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
See more >>>