The head of the National Malaria Center confirmed Cambodia is suffering an epidemic
of mosquito-borne dengue fever. Dr Duong Socheat said there were 2,926 cases and
47 deaths in the year to July 31, but added that the situation was "stable"
and "not as serious as last year". However Kantha Bopha's Dr Beat Richner
disagreed, saying his three children's hospitals were crowded and had treated around
1,360 cases last month alone. "Hundreds more are visiting as outpatients,"
Dr Richner said, "and it's getting worse as the rainy season was late."