July 11th, 2012
01:09 AM ET

Mix of pathogens caused mystery illness in Cambodia, doctors say

The World Health Organization, in conjunction with the Cambodian Ministry of Health, will conclude that a combination of pathogens is to blame for the mysterious illness that has claimed the lives of more than 60 children in Cambodia, medical doctors familiar with the investigation told CNN on Wednesday.

The pathogens include enterovirus 71, streptococcus suis and dengue, the medical sources said. Additionally, the inappropriate use of steroids, which can suppress the immune system, worsened the illness in a majority of the patients, they said.

The sources did not want to be identified because the results of the health organization's investigation have not yet been made public.

Dr. Beat Richner, head of Kantha Bopha Children's Hospitals - which cared for 66 patients affected by the illness, 64 of whom died - said that no new patients had been seen there since last Saturday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is also expected to advise health care workers to refrain from using steroids in patients with signs and symptoms of the infection, which include severe fever, encephalitis, and breathing difficulties.

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  1. Merrillee

    And yet YOU called ME a dimwit? And it's not the new HIV. Although it's been called that, it is NOT. Although it does make for a scintillating platform for the anti-gay rhetoric.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Merrillee

    WQho is attacking who? Yeah. That's what I thought.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    @banasy and your sidekick merrilee...unlike you two polly wanna a crack3r...i choose not to parrot the article...they failed to provide a basis for witholding steroid...nor does it elaborate on the outcome of the children whom steroids were withheld...it's a valid question to ask...the article does states 64 of 66 died...it does not elaborate whether the 2 surviving children's used of steroids or not...only thing we do know you die and it is not responsive to the usual course of
    treatment...by the way i usu don't read and tend to skim articles...a fault o need tp overcome....it's my opinion they are speculative...

    July 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Whatever, Rascal Rabble.
      Pfft!

      July 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Nót to mention that EVERY SINGLE ONE of the people who took the steroid is DEAD, because it made them worse. Parroting an article?
      No.
      I read it.
      Did you?

      July 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      whom are you quoting...this article does not state how many recieved steroids nor did it clarify how many
      who didn't steroids...we know 64 died and 2 lived but the article does not link these outcomes to steroid exposure or lack thereof...the author did NOT provide any info...so tell me how many people receiving steroids die? and how many received steroids and live? how many did not received steroids and die anyway? and. how many did not received steroids and live? so you see, cnn article does not answer how many, if any, took steroids...banasy

      July 11, 2012 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    The disease can also be obtained by... Blood transfusions, organ transplants and from a Mother to her fetus.
    Learning of the other ways, I recall the black market in India were by the poor would sell their organs for cash; just imagine receiving an organ infected with this disease!
    The HUGE difference and even GREATER concern is with the AIDS virus that can be spread by s@xual contact, one way which most aren't willing to change their lifestyle habit for.
    Cnn might want to think about doing a "comparison" piece on varied subjects, like that of AIDS verses other illnesses.
    Just a thought.
    Ho Hum 😉 lol

    July 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yeah

    And don't think we didn't miss your non-response to being accused of hiding behind a screenname when you get in the face of people.
    @Obama Mama...I tried several times to respond to your inquiry but nothing would post. (i can usually blog here for about an hour before I get blocked. shrug)
    Anyway, I was just illustrating the differences between how Big Corpa grows vs. how small business grows. Big Corpa attracts people into commuting to work, small business expands into your community.
    But yeah. I was in fact a member of the Newport Blvd. Merchants Association years ago. I recall ashes from the fires set during the Rodney King incident falling on my parking lot. One group of crazed lunatics from Compton commuted all the way to Laguna Niguel and set my daughters grade school on fire.
    As long as small businesses that hire 80% of you aren't willing to expand into inner city ghettos for fear of domestic terrorists attacking, ghetto unemployment will remain high. Almost as high as Army recruitment.

    July 12, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. yeah

    And of course s/n 'yeah' is me, Philip. So don't get all shelocky holmesy on us and try to say you do as I do. Your mind could not possibly concieve of an 'Ahkmed the Terror Guy', let alone claim 'Old Driller w/no TV'. What I do with s/n's ISN'T what you do with them. (hide behind)

    July 12, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @CNN. My post proving that President Obama did in fact order the FDA to stand down on their investigaton of Bayer AG for spreading HIV was posted last night and deleted this morning. Even now you are moderating my repost.
    Explain why you post and later delete certain posts. Does ea. CNN moderator choose what stays and what goes? What?

    July 12, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    The FDA didn't even learn of Bayer AG's crimes until years after the fact. France, one of the countries President Obama allowed Bayer AG to distribute aids laced drugs to, has already prosecuted and imprisoned men in cahoots with Bayer AG for this heinous crime.
    Not one single US citizen has even been charged with anything associated with Bayer AG's known criminal activities, thanks to President Obama stepping in.

    July 12, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. missharo

    Reblogged this on Missharo's Blog.

    July 12, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
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