Cambodia records first swine flu death: PM

A relative of Cambodia's first-recorded swine flu fatality burns ghost paper following in Chinese tradition, in Phnom Penh. (AFP/Tang Chhin Sothy)

Mon Sep 28
(Post in CAAI News Media)

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Cambodia has recorded its first death from swine flu, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Monday.

The victim was a 40-year-old woman with previous health problems who died on Sunday at a hospital in Phnom Penh, Hun Sen said.

"This is the first case. She has been sick for a long time -- she had lung problems," he said.

Hun Sen added that the woman had checked into a private clinic a week before she died, but her infection was only confirmed Friday when she was transferred to the capital's Calmette hospital.

Cambodia has confirmed at least 88 cases of swine flu since the virus was first detected in the country in June.

More than 3,900 people have died from swine flu worldwide since the A(H1N1) virus was uncovered in April, the World Health Organization said last week. Read more!

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