Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Infant Saved After H1N1 Claims Mother

By Heng Reaksmey, VOA Khmer
Original report from Phnom Penh
06 October 2009

Cambodian health authorities operated to save the life of a premature child taken from its 25-year-old Cambodian mother, who died of H1N1 flu on Tuesday, officials said...

She was seven months pregnant, and officials at Calmette hospital saved the child through a cesarean operation, Minister of Health Mam Bunheng told reporters.

"The baby is lucky after doctors operated on its mother," he said. "The baby was born healthy."

The woman's death brings the toll from the disease to three in Cambodia, with an estimated 120 infections. A 47-year-old Cambodian man died of the virus, sometimes called swine flu, on Monday.

"We should strengthen people's health, because the epidemic of sine flu virus is fast," Mam Bunheng said.

The World Health Organization estimates more than 340,000 confirmed cases of A H1N1 worldwide and more than 41,000 deaths.

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