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Unexplained Disease Kills Over 60 Children in Cambodia

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posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 02:16 PM
Today is the first I've heard of this "mystery disease" in cambodia but it has been going on for over a couple months now. There are no known links between the victims and there are no clusters. This could very well be something easily explained but it could very well also be the beginning of something not so easily explained.

IMO it seems to be very serious since 60 of the 61 affected people have died. That is a very high death ratio.

Please be aware that I'm not trying to fear monger, I only thought this was a worthy topic to discuss since a possible pandemic can affect us all.

Cambodian and international health officials said Wednesday they are investigating an unexplained disease that has killed more than 60 children since early April in the small Southeast Asian country.

The Cambodia Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization said in a joint statement that the unknown respiratory disease also involved neurological symptoms, and that only one of 62 children admitted to hospitals with the illness survived. The illness typically began with high fevers followed by respiratory or neurological problems, with rapid deterioration of respiratory functions.

"We can't make any conclusions yet," said Ly Sovann, an official at Cambodia's Ministry of Health reached by phone Wednesday night. "We need to have further investigations," he said, adding, "we are not on alert yet" for wider problems.

"The cause of the disease may not be new, but the scale at which it is occurring has not been observed in recent years," the WHO said in an email sent to The Wall Street Journal. "Possible causes of the disease are being considered but definite identification may take some time."

Please visit the link for the full article.

RSOE EDIS has finally decided to report on this effective yesterday:

An unidentified disease has killed 60 young children in Cambodia in three months, the World Health Organization said Tuesday as it raced to identify the cause. "The number of deaths reported to WHO is 60 cases and they have all been in young children," said Dr Nima Asgari, a public health specialist for the UN body in Cambodia, adding that the first casualties were reported in April. The WHO is currently working with the Cambodian Ministry of Health "to identify the cause and the route of spread of this disease", he said. With the investigation still at an early stage, Asgari said it was difficult to specify the symptoms, which "include high fever and severe chest disease symptoms, plus in some children there were signs of neurological involvement". There have been 61 reported cases so far, Asgari said, with just one patient surviving. The victims, all aged seven and under, were admitted to hospitals in the capital Phnom Penh and the northwestern tourist hub of Siem Reap. In separate comments the WHO said there were no signs yet of contagion. "To date, there is no report of any staff or any neighbouring patients to the cases at the hospitals becoming sick with similar symptoms," it said. Asgari confirmed there was "no cluster of the cases yet" but said the high mortality rate in such a short space of time was worrisome. "WHO is always concerned about a disease which causes death in such high numbers of children," he said. Cambodian health ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.

This is just speculation on my behalf but this area is know for it's high rate of bird and swine flu among other communicable diseases so hopefully this isn't a virus mutation.
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posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 02:24 PM
I wonder if any of these kids participated in these vaccination programs : WHO

Targeted 1.8 million children in there program. Giving 2 doses and the sencond dose using a new technique??

The last measles outbreaks were in 2010/11, and were brought under control through national and sub national measles supplementary immunization activities that targeted 1.8 million children. No confirmed measles cases have been detected since November 2011.

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posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 02:36 PM
reply to post by Alchemst7

Thanks for the link since it could very well be related. The link you posted is from late may but does not specify (from what I have read) when the vaccinations took place. If they began in the January-March time line then it would be even more suspicious.

Did you happen to find out on which date they started this vaccination program?

posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 02:40 PM
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It started in Feb 2011 to late march 2011. first campaign

and the second campaign started in May 2012

not only the MMR vaccine was given. They also gave vitamin A, deworming pills, and a catchup dose of the polio vaccine.

In addition to measles vaccine, the immunization teams will also provide vitamin A and deworming tablet to all children, with children in high risk areas also receiving a “catch-up dose” of oral polio vaccine.

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posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 02:45 PM
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Well thank you for taking the time to clarify. I have always been suspect of vaccines and the outbreaks of diseases that usually come with mass vaccination campaigns.

I never get the shot, but also never get the flu. Meanwhile, everyone I know who gets the flu shot gets sick so whats up with that

Any time I mention a possible connection between vaccines and illness the pro vaccine crowd is always quick to jump in but I can careless what they have to say anyways. I would not be surprised if this measles vaccine was connected to these deaths, but I have no proof to support this so more research may be required.

Thanks again for bringing this to my attention

posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 02:55 PM
My wife is a nurse at one of the hospitals here in San Diego and she's was reqiured to give the jab to staff and patients during the 2008 swine flu vaccine. She had to return 3 seperate batches because of contamination and said alot if the people were sick a week after the vaccine. of those 3 seperate batches, there were alot of people given it. I myself haven't had a vaccine since I was 12 and will never allow my kids to tested on!
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posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 03:03 PM
we should keep an eye on this story....only children get it?? and so deadly .....flu shots are iffy cause they have to guess which strain will pop up with past info...when they get it wrong the flu shot will not protect against that years flu.

posted on Jul, 4 2012 @ 03:11 PM
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I also think that this story should be monitored. What surprises me is that the RSOE EDIS website did not report this until yesterday while they are usually much quicker to mention this type of outbreak. The news articles and the summary off of the RSOE EDIS website almost seems like the Cambodian authorities were trying to cover this up. Perhaps I have my tinfoil hat on too tight

posted on Jul, 6 2012 @ 12:11 PM
The death toll is now up to 64.

They are trying to blame it on a mixture of illnesses, but the more I read on this story it seems like they are trying to cover up a new virus mutation. I have no proof of this, just a theory of mine.

Hopefully they figure out what it is and are able to control it. What ever it is, it sure is deadly.

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