2 Korean Students Die of Diseases in Cambodia

Jay Yim, Jan. 11, 2019, 9:13 a.m.

Two female students from Konyang University have died of diseases in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh while doing volunteer work.

According to the university, they were treated in hospital for a stomachache on Tuesday. Their conditions seemed to improve, but they were rushed to hospital again because they complained of stomach pains again the next day.

One died in hospital on Wednesday of cardiac arrest and the other the next day of pneumonia and septic shock, according to the local hospital.

Nineteen volunteers from the university -- 16 students, two professors and one university staffer -- left for Cambodia last week. They were expected to return home this Saturday after building chicken coops and shade canopies for local residents.

The rest are all well. "They were given vaccine shots for typhoid, tetanus and malaria before their departure," a university spokesman said. "When their families arrive there, there'll be consultation about an autopsy."

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