This is the grim track of a mysterious new illness that has already killed scores of children in Cambodia: First, there’s a severe fever. Then comes encephalitis, a swelling of the brain. Finally, the lungs go, and the child dies. All this happens within 24 hours.
The disease is absolutely murderous in its efficiency — Dr. Beat Richner, the physician who first sounded the alarm about the outbreak, said Wednesday that 64 of 66 his patients with the illness have died. All children. All under 7. - NYTimes.com