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The cases of Bird Flu that have occurred in the first three weeks of 2013 amounts to as many cases that the country reported throughout 2012. Since January, three people have come in contact with Bird Flu, two of which have died from being infected with the illness. The cases are among the first reported in 2013 for the virus, also known as H5N1, which the World Health Organization (WHO) says has killed 360 other people worldwide since surfacing in 2003.
WHO and Cambodia’s health ministry announced that among the three reported cases, a 15-year-old girl in a village in southeastern Takeo province and a 35-year-old man in central Kampong Speu province died after being hospitalized with bird flu. An 8-month-old boy in the capital, Phnom Penh, was treated and survived. Cambodia reported only three total cases last year, unfortunately all of them fatal. Since 2005, Cambodia has reported 21 cases total with 19 of them leading to the victims death.
The disease remains hard for people to catch, but experts fear it could mutate into a more deadly form that spreads easily from person to person. As of now, most human cases have been linked to contact with infected poultry. Research on the virus will resume after being abandoned due to concerns of the lab-bred flu falling into the hands of terrorists.
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**Update(Feb. 19): Reported number of cases is now seven, with the number of deaths now totaling six
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