(Posted by CAAI News Media)
There have been 50 new reported cases of A/H1N1, commonly known as swine flu, this week, bringing the total to 444 cases, but with only 4 deaths, a Health Ministry official said on Thursday.
“Cambodia on Thursday confirmed 444 cases of A/H1N1, but the number of deaths is still the same as before,” Ly Sovan, deputy director of the Anti-Communicable Disease Department, told DAP News Cambodia.
The Health Ministry confirmed the first case of the A/H1N1 virus in Cambodia on June 24 after an American student from a group, which arrived in Cambodia June 19, tested positive for the disease.
The Cambodian Ministry of Health, in cooperation with World Health Organization (WHO), is striving to control the A/H1N1 situation, working to curb the spread of the virus and keeping the
public well informed with updates. Mam Bunheng, the Health Minister, said that A/H1N1 vaccine will be in Cambodia at the end of this month or at the beginning of December.
Due to the Health official, 300,000 doses of A/H1N1 vaccine will be delivered to Cambodia.
“The priority people to be given for the vaccine are the government leaders, the ministry officials, children aged from 6 month to 2 years, and those who are containing with long term diseases,” Mam Bunheng told reporters on Thursday at Cambodiana Hotel. At least 6,071 people worldwide have been killed by the A/H1N1 influenza as infections continue to increase quickly in the northern hemisphere, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a latest update on Friday last week, according to Xinhua.
Of the deaths, 4,399 occurred in the Americas, 661 occurred in South-East Asia and 498 occurred in the West Pacific. The other three WHO regions, Europe, East Mediterranean and Africa reported 300,137 and 76 deaths respectively, Xinhua added.