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Plague Forces Shutdown of Cambodian Schools Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Jul 18, 2012, 06:46 PM

Cambodia has shut down schools weeks ahead of the summer vacation to halt the spread of a virus that has killed dozens of children since April.

According to the BBC News, “officials say that they closed kindergarten and primary schools in reaction to parental concern about the spread of the EV71 virus. EV71 is one of the triggers of hand, foot and mouth disease.”

Yet, the World Health Organization contends that closing schools “could create unnecessary panic.”

As reported by the BBC, “the mystery illness had caused panic among parents. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Cambodia’s Ministry of Health eventually identified the virus as EV71.”

Mak Vann, Education Ministry secretary of state, said, “this is to prevent the spread of the disease.

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written by don't panic , July 21, 2012

"Plague" is a sensationalist term to describe the situation in Cambodia. A term, in fact, that "could create unnecessary panic."
This is an outbreak of a viral disease that most children recover from without problems. The seasonal flu kills children in America, but we don't refer to it as a plague.

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