Cambodia sees sharp rise in dengue fever cases in first 5 months of 2022

PHNOM PENH, June 11– Cambodia had reported 1,354 dengue fever cases in the first five months of 2022, up more than 100 percent compared to the same period last year, the health ministry said in a press release on Saturday. The disease killed three children during the January-May period this year, the ministry said, adding that the increase in precipitation in the…

PHNOM PENH, June 11 (Xinhua) — Cambodia had reported 1,354 dengue fever cases in the first five months of 2022, up more than 100 percent compared to the same period last year, the health ministry said in a press release on Saturday.

The disease killed three children during the January-May period this year, the ministry said, adding that the increase in precipitation in the early rainy season was attributed to the surge in dengue fever cases.

Dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted through the bite of an Aedes mosquito which is a day-biting mosquito.

Health Minister Mam Bunheng called on people to fill in puddles around their houses, saying that they are the sources of mosquitoes, and advised them to sleep under mosquito nets all the time.

He said the ministry would continue distributing the anti-dengue mosquito larvicide Abate to households living in dengue fever prone areas.

“Parents must bring their children to the nearest public hospitals or health centers, not later than 72 hours if their children have acute fever,” Bunheng said. “Please don’t try to treat the disease by yourselves, nor seek treatment from unauthorized medical practitioners.”

Dengue fever causes an acute illness that usually follows symptoms such as headache, high fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen glands, vomiting and rash.

In the southeast Asian nation, the peak of the dengue epidemic period is in the rainy season from May to October. Enditem

ANA NEWS WIRE Disclaimer:
The African News Agency (ANA) is a news wire service and therefore subscribes to the highest standards of journalism as it relates to accuracy, fairness and impartiality.
ANA strives to provide accurate, well sourced and reliable information across Text, Images and Video. Where errors do appear, ANA will seek to correct these timeously and transparently.
The ANA platform also contains news and information from third party sources. ANA has sought to procure reliable content from trusted news sources but cannot be held responsible for the accuracy and opinions provided by such sources on the ANA platform or linked sites.
The content provided for on the ANA News Wire platform, both through the ANA news operation and via its third party sources, are for the sole use of authorised subscribers and partners. Unauthorised access to and usage of ANA content will be subject to legal steps. ANA reserves its rights in this regard.
ANA makes every effort to ensure that the website is up and running smoothly at all times, however ANA does not take responsibility for, and will not be held liable for times when the website is temporarily unavailable due to technical issues that are beyond our control.