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. Who am I?

    is it south vietnam or north vietnam?

    July 11, 2012 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. francois2012

    Neither Vietnam, look at a map dumb troll.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:45 am | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    why ask who what to do...they are baby killers...

    July 11, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Good God, the use of steroids as medicine doesn't cure *everything*, and in this case, made the poor kids worse....

    July 11, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      im not so sure...is who declaring only those children receiving steroids died? steroids use does not mush brains and dissolve lungs...i this is just another educated speculation???

      July 11, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Because the use of them made it WORSE.
      Did you bother to READ the article, or did you just read the headline?
      "Additionally, the inappropriate use of steroids, which can suppress the immune system, worsened the illness in the majority of patients."

      July 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Merrillee

    Well, of COURSE we should take Rascal Rabble's word over the WHO's! What are you THINKING, banasy? LOL

    July 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    Hey, that's great. Now, what about CHAGAS didease infecting millions of our southern citizens?
    You know how many were infected with this Cambodian "mystery illness". Have you ever even heard of chagas disease? Or wondered wny it almost only effects black people living in the southern states?

    July 11, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Chagas disease is carried in the USA by several insects that carry the parasite, and mostly very poor people aquire it.
    One of the most-common ways to aquire this parasite as your own is to sleep with your housepet(s).Once this parasite enters your system, infected cells start bursting.
    While Chagas disease is called "The New American AIDS", very few US citizens have died from it, compared to the 40,000 that die of AIDS ea. year. (and is based on the theory that AIDS came from Africa, not America)
    Symptoms include enlarged hearts, altered heart rythms, and irritable bowel syndrome.
    If you are very poor and have children, research Chagas disease and stop sleeping with what spreads disease. ty

    July 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Merrillee

    It's caused by a insect bite, and it is parasitic in nature, not viral. It is from south and central america, and it's making it's way here via the immigrants from those countries. it's not the new HIV, so please do not make it out to BE that.

    July 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Merrillee

    Stop the hate of the poor. ty

    July 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    @Merilee. I didn't invent the phrase "The new American AIDS". I read articles where those most knowledgeable about Chagas called it that.
    And if you read my post, you can see where I disagree with that analogy myself. (knowing that AIDS came from the USA and spread from there, as vital statistics prove. Afghanistans HIV rate was ZERO until Americans arrived in force, for example. Now their HIV infection rate rivals Saudi Arabias where Americans have been in force for decades)
    AIDS was first developed by nazi Bayer pharmacologists who were captured after WW2 and brought back to the USA via 'operation paperclip', a US gov. program that brought you Wernher Von Braun and literally thousands of nazi scientists, geneticists, pharmacologists, etc.
    In the US, this program was called "Viral Cancer Research Project", and experimented on 50,000 African chimpanzees per yr, and eventually gay men living in Manhattan.
    Congress stopped funding the project as soon as AIDS was first discovered in the USA among gay men.

    July 11, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Discussing a disease that mostly ONLY effects the poor is NOT "hating on the poor" you dimwhit.

    July 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    ...no more than discussing a disease that predominantly effects gay men is "hating on gays".
    The current HIV rate among hetero men is less than 2%. It was 'zero' for years after AIDS was develped in gay men by the then secret Viral Cancer Research Project, and spread to the hetero community via bise xuals and needle sharers.

    July 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    One would think that gay men would be happy to finally know THEY didn't CAUSE AIDS as some say.
    Everything I posted above is true and verifiable. Under our Freedom of Information Act, this info was released in 2009, and simply hasn't had the time to become widely known.
    Never has their been a fAscist government that DIDN'T seek ways to harm and kill those whom were considered "undesireable". How much moreso a corporate fascist government? (aka Military Industrial Complex ruling US)

    July 11, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    If you doubt Bayer Pharmaceuticals connection with AIDS, Youtube 'Nazi Bayer AG' and watch MSNBC's report of investigations that proved Bayer has in fact been caught lacing drugs with HIV by both the CDC and the FDA. who ordered Bayer to destroy thses drugs. President Obama, under executive authority, ordered the FDA and CDC to "stand down", and rather than being destroyed these drugs were sold and distributed.

    July 11, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey, There!

      That tainted blood products happened in 2003, sooooooooooooo exactly how was a President who wasn't even elected yet involved?????

      July 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    And don't bother attacking me for making this info known here so many times.
    A funny joke is funny no-matter who tells it. Ditto, truth.

    July 11, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
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