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09 Dec 2018 | 02:37 PM UTC

Cambodia: Dengue fever outbreak continues nationwide /update 1

Cambodia News Alert

Dengue fever outbreak continues nationwide; at least 15,233 cases reported as of early December

TIMEFRAME expected from 12/6/2018, 12:00 AM until 12/15/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Phnom_Penh). COUNTRY/REGION Cambodia

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According to Cambodian health officials, at least 15,233 cases of dengue fever have been reported nationwide between January 1 and early December, representing a 50 percent increase over the same period in 2017. In addition, at least 16 dengue-related fatalities were confirmed so far this year. Public health measures, including fumigation campaigns aimed at eliminating mosquito breeding grounds, are anticipated in the coming weeks.


Symptoms of dengue fever include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, nausea, and rashes. Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) is a potentially deadly complication that is characterized by high fever, the enlargement of the liver, and hemorrhaging.


Individuals in Cambodia are advised to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites - by wearing covering clothing, using insect repellent, and sleeping under mosquito netting or in an air-conditioned room - and to eliminate possible mosquito breeding grounds (e.g. small pockets of fresh water, such as rainwater that has collected in cans, bottles, tires, flower pots, clogged gutters, etc.).


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