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Staying healthy

Staying healthy

Staying healthy is a serious matter in Cambodia where there are numerous dangerous

diseases including malaria and TB but sparse medical facilities.

Most visitors get sick here at some point, with stomach and bowel upsets the most

common complaints. Fungal and skin infections are also common.

Acclimatization to Cambodia's humid climate may take time. In the first two or three

weeks drink plenty of water, take frequent showers and, if possible, spend part of

the day in air-conditioned surroundings.

Avoid strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day and generally take it

easy.

Take as many precautions as possible against malaria. Use repellent and sleep under

a net. Avoid exposing skin in high-risk areas such as Ratanakiri.

Recommended inoculations: Hepatitis A; Typhoid; BCG (for tuberculosis); and Tetanus.

Also Hepatitis B, Japanese B Encephalitis, Rabies and Meningitis.

Food can often be a source of illness so be careful where you eat and never drink

untreated tap water. Ice is usually made with treated water.

Be wary of drugs sold at pharmacies. Check sell-by-dates and seals.

HIV and AIDS are on the increase. Practice "safe sex".

Calmette Hospital on Monivong Blvd. (No. 3 on the Post map.) is generally regarded

as the best in the country.

Western clinics:

  • Dr Gavin Scott of Access Medical Services (No. 43 on the map.) Tel: 015 912100.
  • Dr Xavier Baranger of SOS International Medical Center, 83 Issarak Blvd. Tel:

    015 912765.

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