Two infants have died in Cambodia from influenza, part of an outbreak that has hospitalized more than 1,000 children, a doctor said Thursday.
Deputy Health Minister Heng Tay Kry on Wednesday described the number of influenza cases as "unprecedented."
He said the illness appears to be a form of human flu, not the avian influenza that has killed dozens of people in neighboring countries and has health officials on edge over concerns the bird flu virus could mutate to more easily infect humans.
[...] Megge Miller, an epidemiologist with the World Health Organization in Cambodia, agreed the number of cases was abnormally high, and described the situation as an "outbreak." Samples from some sick children have tested positive for influenza B virus, which is a milder disease compared to bird flu, she said.