The Cambodia Ministry of Health reported that a child living in a village in the city of Prey Veng was transferred to a hospital in the capital Phnom Penh on February 16 with complaints of cough, sore throat and fever up to 39 degrees, and died despite the intervention.
It is noted that the case in question is the first bird flu case in Cambodia since 2014.
The ministry also stated that samples were taken from wild birds in the region where the girl who lost her life lived, and that dead or sick birds were warned not to be touched.
Cambodia Health Minister Mam Bunheng said bird flu poses a high risk for children who collect eggs from domestic poultry.
According to the World Health Organization, there were 56 cases of bird flu in Cambodia from 2003 to 2014, 37 of which resulted in death.