Xinhua | 2013-6-17
Cambodia reported 13,700 malaria cases in the first five months of this
year, down 60 percent from 31,100 cases in the same period last year,
the National Center for Malaria reported Monday.
From January to
May this year, the disease killed 4 people, a sharp decrease compared
with 27 deaths in the same period last year, the report said.
Char Meng Chuor, head of the center, said the remarkable decline was
thanks to mosquito net distribution and awareness campaign. Last year,
more than a million of mosquito nets were given free-of-charge to the
vulnerable groups of people throughout the country.
He said the country is committed to eliminating the disease by 2025.
is a mosquito-borne infectious disease. In Cambodia, the disease is
often found in rainy season and mostly happens in forest and mountainous
areas, particularly provinces along the border.
Last year, the country recorded 45,553 cases of malaria, killing 45 people, the report said.