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Dengue cases drop, deaths level

Dengue cases drop, deaths level

THE total number of dengue fever cases recorded in the first five months of the year was less than half the one recorded during the same period last year, but the number of deaths held steady at seven, Health Ministry officials said Wednesday.

Ngan Chantha, director of the National Anti-Dengue Programme at the Ministry of Health, said there were 1,111 cases of dengue fever between January and May.

“During the first five months last year, there were 2,431 cases, and seven people died from dengue fever,” he said. “So if we compare, we can see that although the number of cases this year is lower, the percentage of deaths is higher than last year.”

In all of last year, there were 11,699 cases and 38 deaths recorded, with the disease most prevalent in the capital and in Kampong Cham, Kandal, Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey provinces.

The mosquito-borne infection spreads more rapidly in June, July and August, Ngan Chantha said.

Officials plan to distribute 102 tonnes of Abate – a mosquito larvaecide – as part of this year’s anti-dengue campaign, he said.

“I suggest that all people be vigilant in trying to prevent dengue fever, because mosquitoes are everywhere and bite us any time we are careless,” he said.

By way of treatment tips, he suggested wearing long trousers and long-sleeve shirts, using Abate and seeking speedy treatment for anyone exhibiting symptoms of dengue.

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