How Camobian Girl Became
Infected With Bird Flu

From Patricia Doyle, PhD
"Other children in the village played with the dead chickens more than my
loved one," she told Reuters by telephone. "Why are they not sick, and why
did my daughter die?"
Hello, Jeff -
The Cambodian girl's mother lamented that she could not
understand why other children did not become infected with H5N1. She stated
that all of the children were playing with the dead chickens but only her
daughter took ill and died.
The people in Asia have been hearing about bird flu since 1997 and human
cases since 2003. WHY would any mother sit and watch children playing with
dead chickens some 9 years into a bird flu outbreak and some 3 years after
human cases?
Haven't they heard that people contract bird flu by contact with sick birds?
Why would any parent allow a child to play with dead birds? This does not
make sense. No wonder this virus cannot be contained.
The stupidity on the part of parents who allow children to play with dead
birds is putting us all in danger. As long as the virus circulates the globe we
are at risk of a pandemic.
Patricia Doyle
Bird Flu Kills Girl In Cambodia
(Reuters) Bird flu has killed a young girl in Cambodia, the first human victim of the virus in the poor southeast Asian nation in almost a year, while China said yesterday a woman in the city of Shanghai had died from it.
Jordan became the latest Middle East country hit by an outbreak of the virulent H5N1 virus in poultry, but said no people had been infected.
Bird flu, which has spread from Asia to the Middle East, Africa and Europe, remains essentially an animal disease but can infect people who come into contact with sick poultry.
Health experts fear the virus will mutate enough to pass easily from person to person, sparking a pandemic in which millions could die.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed the death of the girl in Cambodia, taking the known death toll from the virus to 104 since it re-emerged in Asia in late 2003. The WHO had no immediate comment on the death in China. Mon Puthy, aged three, who lived in a village in Kampong Speu province about 60 kilometres west of Phnom Penh in Cambodia, had been in contact with sick and dying chickens, officials said. She died on Tuesday.
Her death took Cambodia's human death toll from bird flu to five. The country's last victim was a 20-year-old woman who died in a Vietnamese hospital in April 2005.
Seven other people in the village who had either been in contact with the girl or sick poultry were showing some signs of fever, although there was no cause for panic, local WHO spokesman Megge Miller said.
"It looks like another one of those isolated incidents. There aren't any alarm bells at the moment," she said.
Mon Puthy's 23-year-old mother, Choeun Sok Ny, said she still had no idea what had killed her daughter, an indication that bird flu public education campaigns in one of Asia's poorest nations still have a long way to go.
"Other children in the village played with the dead chickens more than my loved one," she told Reuters by telephone. "Why are they not sick, and why did my daughter die?"
China's Health Ministry confirmed that a 29-year-old woman in the eastern city of Shanghai had died of bird flu, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
The woman, surnamed Li, was a migrant worker who was initially said to have died of "pneumonia of unknown cause". The city government said it suspected bird flu on Thursday.
Patricia A. Doyle, DVM, PhD
Bus Admin, Tropical Agricultural Economics
Univ of West Indies
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