Mystery disease kills 60 Cambodian children

Posted on July 3, 2012


The World Health Organisation (WHO) is helping Cambodia investigate the cause of an unknown disease that has killed at least 60 children under seven years old, most of whom died within 24 hours of being admitted to hospital.

The children had been admitted to hospitals in the capital, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap in the north since April with high fevers and signs of encephalitic or respiratory symptoms, or both, the agency said. Most were under three years old.

All but one of the 61 children admitted had died, with “rapid deterioration of respiratory function,” the WHO said.


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