Philippines Department of Health warns over Cambodia outbreak on fatal respiratory disease

Philippines Department of Health warns over Cambodia outbreak on fatal respiratory disease

Manila : Philippines | Jul 08, 2012 at 2:16 AM PDT
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Cambodia's Baphuon temple in Siem Reap province, some 300 kilometers northwest of Phnom Penh

Department of Health urges airport authorities to be more strict in screening arriving passengers at the international airports in the country. This is in leui to the outbreak happned in Cambodia as more more children died due to fatal respiratory disease.

The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia, meanwhile, has identified at least 74 suspected patients diagnosed with fever with respiratory or neurological symptoms from April to June. The World Health Organization (WHO) earlier issued a warning to the Philippines and other neighboring countries of Cambodia of the “unknown respiratory disease.”

The Cambodian ministry said 56 deaths were reported in Phnom Penh while 4 more were reported in Siem Reap. Many of the children diagnosed with the case were admitted at the Kantha Bopha Children’s hospital in Phnom Penh. The Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Cambodia continues to thoroughly investigate the disease.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona has instructed the Bureau of Quarantine to be on alert, following an outbreak of a fatal respiratory disease in Cambodia that has killed 61 children. The health department is currently monitoring the situation through its National Epidemiology Center.

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Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni arrives at the Phnom Penh international airport
Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni arrives at the Phnom Penh international airport
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