A 6-year-old Cambodian girl has died after being exposed to avian influenza, the health ministry said on July 2. Nine people in Cambodia have died from avian influenza so far in 2013.

The ministry confirmed with the Associated Press that there have been 13 confirmed cases of the H5N1 avian influenza virus among humans in Cambodia this year, and 34 since 2005. According to the health ministry, the girl came from a village in southern Kampot province, where she was likely to have been exposed to infected poultry. She was treated but did not survive. The H5N1 virus normally spreads among poultry, but can sometimes spread from poultry to humans.


Of Cambodia's 34 confirmed cases since 2005, 23 were children under 14, and 21 of the 34 were female, the ministry said.