June 8, 2013
At least 18 Cambodian children died of dengue fever in the first five
months of this year, a 36 percent drop from 28 deaths over the same
period last year, according to a report of the National Center for
Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control on Saturday.
the January-May period this year, some 3,051 dengue fever cases were
reported, down 50 percent from 6,077 cases over the same period last
year, the report said.
"Seventy-one percent of the patients are
children aged between 5-14," Dr. Char Meng Chuor, director of the
center, said in the report.
Dengue fever is a viral disease
transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. The disease causes an acute illness of
sudden onset that usually follows symptoms such as headache, fever,
exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen glands, vomiting and
"I'd like to urge all parents and students to kill larvae
by using the chemical substance known as Abate in water pots and other
still water sources," he said. "Moreover, people should sleep under
The outbreak of dengue fever usually begins at the onset of the rainy season in May and lasts until October.
Last year, the country recorded 42,362 dengue fever cases, which claimed the lives of 189 kids.