Cambodia Says Bird Flu Under Control After Infected Man Recovers

Father of girl who died from H5N1 now negative after treatment. Investigation is ongoing; human-to-human transmission unlikely.

Cambodia’s bird flu situation is under control after a man infected last week recovered and more than two dozen other people tested negative for the dangerous virus.

The father of an 11-year-old girl who died from the H5N1 virus is now testing negative after getting medical care in the hospital, said Or Vandine, Cambodia’s Secretary of State and a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health. None of the additional 29 people who were tested for the highly pathogenic virus were infected, including 16 close contacts and 13 who were exhibiting symptoms of an influenza-like illness.

While the findings ease concerns about whether the virus can jump directly from person-to-person, officials haven’t made a final determination yet about the risk, she said. 

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