Avian influenza outbreak investigations are underway in Cambodia following the infection of a two-year-old boy in the country’s Meanchay province with the H5N1 strain of the virus.

There have been reports that the boy was exposed to sick poultry in his village and the case is the nineteenth in Cambodia. To date, 16 of those infected with the virus have died.


No infection among the boy’s contacts, or of hospital staff treating him, have been reported.