Tuesday, 20 October 2009

A(H1N1) flu cases in Cambodia rise to 161

October 19, 2009
(Posted by CAAI News Media)

PHNOM PENH, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) — Cambodian Health Ministry announced on Monday that flu A(H1N1) in country has risen to 161 cases, killing three people including a pregnant women.

In total Cambodia have 161 cases and 77 of them are women and so far it killed three people and moreover, 133 of 161 cases are Khmer, Ly Sovan, deputy director of Communicable disease department (CDC) of Cambodia told reporters at a press conference here.

He added that 28 foreigners infected with the virus include three Australians, four French citizens, six Japanese, one Filipinos, two people from the United Kingdom, nine Americans, one Indian, and two people from Ireland. The flu is spreading among local communities in the country, he noted.

Many people called the flu Hot Line, but only 300 cases of 1, 200 phones are asking about ways of prevention of this flu and some important information of this flu, he added. He urged local people to stop making useless phone call and keep time for people in need.

He once again said that his ministry is still concerned about the upcoming water festival which lasts from November 1 to 3 this year on Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh because millions of Khmer people will join this event. The number of the flu infected cases could increase, he added. But Maggs Mac Guinness, technical officer of pandemic planning for the World Health Organization (WHO) to Cambodia said that even though they should not be afraid of this flu, they could prevent it with easy ways.

According to report of health ministry, it is preparing 500,000 posters and leaflets to raise awareness for people about the flu. (PNA/Xinhua)

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