Unknown "mystery" disease kills scores of Cambodia children

With help from the World Health Organization, health officials in Cambodia are trying to determine the cause of an outbreak of an unidentified disease that has killed 61 out of 62 affected children in the past three months. Although most of the cases have come from southern Cambodia, there does not appear to be a common link between them. Symptoms have include high fever and severe chest disease symptoms, with signs of neurological involvement in some of the children.

Until the cause of this illness is identified, travellers (especially those with children) should exercise caution, avoid insect bites and maintain good personal hygiene.

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