At least 100 Cambodian children turned away amid virus fears
Banteay Meanchey’s Poipet district border crossing, at least 100 Cambodian beggar children were turned away by Thai authorities over the weekend because they had high fevers – an early symptom of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease – Cambodian border officials said.
However, Cambodian authorities said Thailand was being overzealous and anxious in sending back the children, who upon inspection presented only a simple high fever.
“In fact, the Thai authorities fear the spreading of EV71 at the border to their Thai children, so they are providing free medical control and medicine to Cambodian children,” Keo Sopheakra, Banteay Meanchey health department director, said.
“But they do not have this disease [EV71]. They have a simple fever that can be treated with a simple kind of medicine,” Sopheakra said.