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Child dengue cases increased this year

Child dengue cases increased this year

The number of reported dengue fever cases for children under 15 rose in 2009, although fewer children died of the disease, a Ministry of Health official reported on Sunday. Dr Ngan Chantha, director of the National Dengue Control Programme, said at least 11,625 children under 15 were infected in 2009 – 30 percent more than the same period last year. However, dengue killed 63 children in 2008, and this year’s fatalities for that group fell to 36. Ngan Chantha also said that the ministry had stockpiled more than 170 tonnes of the powerful larvicide Abate for distribution across Cambodia in 2010, and is planning a TV and radio campaign to raise awareness of the disease.

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