Human-to-human bird flu transmission not found in Cambodia: officials

Cambodian health officials have said there was no human-to-human transmission of bird flu in the case of a father and daughter who caught the virus.

The 11-year-old girl died last Wednesday and her father tested positive two days later, prompting the World Health Organization to raise concerns about possible transmission between humans.

One of the worst global outbreaks of avian influenza has raged since late 2021, killing thousands of poultry, killing large numbers of wild birds and increasing infections in some mammals.

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Cambodia’s Communicable Disease Control Department (CDC) said late Tuesday that the 49-year-old father, who had no symptoms, has recovered and been discharged from hospital.

The CDC said, “Investigations have shown that both were exposed to (virus) infection from birds in the village. No transmission has been found between father and daughter.”

Humans rarely contract bird flu, but when they do, it is usually through direct contact with infected birds.

According to the WHO, over the past two decades, there have been about 900 confirmed cases of H5N1 in humans and more than 450 deaths.

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