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Hun Sen, Cabinet Members Down With Swine Flu

Prime Minister Hun Sen and five of his cabinet have fallen ill with the H1N1 virus, health officials said Wednesday.

Hun Sen required “urgent measures” for treatment after he showed signs of the illness, sometimes called swine flu, at a meeting on June 25, Health Minister Mam Bunheng said in a statement.

The illness prevented Hun Sen from attending a number of meetings, including the 59th anniversary of the Cambodian People’s Party on Monday.

“After receiving the best medical treatment from expert Cambodian doctors, [Hun Sen’s] health has returned to normalcy,” Mam Bunheng said.

All senior officials who attended the June 25 meeting have been tested for bird flu. Five tested positive: Deputy Prime Minister Yim Chhay Ly, Senior Minister Chhay Thorn, Senior Minister Tao Seng Hour, Kim Ith and Ith Mith.

How the officials contracted the virus is unknown. Top health officials declined to comment further Wednesday.