An 8-year-old girl from Kom*pong Thom province’s Baray district has become the 21st person this year to contract the H5N1 virus, also known as bird flu, officials said Tuesday. “The Institut Pasteur diagnosed and confirmed that she has bird flu,” on Thursday, Sonny Krishnan, communications officer with the World Health Organization (WHO), said, adding that the girl was in a stable condition and receiving treatment at Jayavarman VII hospital in Siem Reap. Mr. Krishnan said that the girl had contracted the virus, which is carried and spread through poultry, in Pongro commune’s O’Raing village. “The girl had direct
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