Cambodia reported 1,354 dengue fever cases in the first five months of 2022, increasing more than 100 percent over the same period the previous year, according to a press release issued by the health ministry on Saturday.
The sickness killed three children this year between January and May, according to the ministry, which said that the rise in precipitation during the early rainy season was due to an increase in dengue fever infections.
Dengue fever is a viral disease spread by the bite of an Aedes mosquito, a day-biting mosquito.
Mam Bunheng, the Health Minister, urged people to fill in puddles surrounding their homes, citing them as mosquito breeding grounds, and advised them to sleep under mosquito nets at all times.
He stated that the ministry would continue to distribute the anti-dengue mosquito larvicide Abate to houses in dengue-prone areas.
If their children suffer an acute fever, parents must take them to the nearest public hospital or health center within 72 hours,” Bunting said. “Please do not attempt to treat the sickness on your own, nor seek therapy from unlicensed medical practitioners.”
Dengue fever is characterized by symptoms such as headache, high fever, tiredness, severe muscular and joint pain, swollen glands, vomiting, and rash.
Dengue fever is most prevalent in Southeast Asian countries during the rainy season, which lasts from May to October. Xinhua