Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Officials ramping up efforts to prevent Zika




Officials ramping up efforts to prevent Zika

Oddar Meanchey health officials fumigate roadside shrubs over the weekend in an attempt to exterminate mosquitoes that may be carrying the Zika virus. Photo supplied
Oddar Meanchey health officials fumigate roadside shrubs over the weekend in an attempt to exterminate mosquitoes that may be carrying the Zika virus. Photo supplied

Officials ramping up efforts to prevent Zika

With Zika cases on the rise in neighbouring countries, Cambodian health officials have ordered provinces with a high mosquito density, and those close to the Thai border, to spray pesticides to eliminate Aedes mosquitoes potentially carrying the virus.

As of yesterday, no Zika cases – which have been linked to neurological birth defects – had been reported in the Kingdom, according to Ministry of Health spokesman Ly Sovann. However, with cases cropping up in Thailand and Singapore, provinces need to spray based on their individual risk assessments for mosquito density.

“All provinces need to prevent and respond to Zika and dengue outbreaks,” he added.

Po Rithy, director of the technical office at the Phnom Penh Municipal Health Department, said as part of an awareness campaign, the capital has prioritised 32 communes among the 12 districts for spraying. Two communes – Chbar Ampov I and Choam Chao – have already been sprayed.

Oddar Meanchey officials have fumigated at the O’Smach Border Checkpoint and in O’Smach commune, said Dr Klork Huot, director of the provincial health department. Authorities have also sprayed at markets and along roads within Samroang district.

“It’s the rainy season; some areas face flooding and overgrown grass, where mosquitoes [breed],” he said. “Aside from spraying mosquito pesticide, our team will educate people to clear grass.”

Additional reporting by Yesenia Amaro

MOST VIEWED

  • All inbound flights set to face added scrutiny

    Ministry of Health spokesperson Or Vandine said on Monday that the ministry is monitoring all inbound flights, after it was announced that only those from Malaysia and Indonesia will be temporarily cancelled from August 1. Vandine said on Monday that the two countries were identified as

  • Flights from Indonesia, Malaysia cancelled

    A Ministry of Health official has warned of the possibility of Covid-19 spreading through community transmission after the total infected cases in the Kingdom rose to 225. Ministry spokeswoman Or Vandine told reporters on Saturday that the possibility of community transmission cannot be overlooked and that

  • Man in quarantine dies of ‘overdose’

    The Ministry of Health on Thursday said a Cambodian migrant worker who died while being isolated at a quarantine centre in Tbong Khmum province’s Kroch Chhmar district may have died from syncope or overdose of tablets. In a statement, the ministry said the 21-year-old

  • Ministry set to reopen 20 schools in August

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will allow 20 high-safety-standards schools to reopen next month despite new cases of Covid-19 in the country. Ministry spokesperson Ros Soveacha wrote in a Telegram message on Wednesday that the schools are in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Battambang.