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Cambodia closes schools amid fears of virus spread

An empty schoolyard in Cambodia. Government officials have shut down all of its kindergartens and primary schools to prevent the spread of a deadly virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease. The virus has claimed the lives of 55 children since April, according to the World Health Organisation. Most deaths occurred within 24 hours of being admitted to the hospital, affecting infants from three months old to children of 11. With the closures in force, this newspaper seller in Phnom Penh has her children at work with her. She says that she and many other parents agree with the decision to close schools, seeing it as a good measure to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Authorities said the closures would be in force for 10 weeks. Sarah Sheffer, Reuters

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