The Health Ministry is appealing to residents across the country to be wary of seasonal diseases during the rainy season following results of a study conducted by the ministry to analyse outbreaks.
Ly Sovann, director of the Communicable Disease Control Department at the Health Ministry, yesterday said that the study found there has been increase in cases of flu due to the rainy season, noting that the ministry has not detected any major outbreaks.
However, he appealed to all citizens to be vigilant and to help prevent flu infection by washing their hands thoroughly with soap, to avoid people with a cold, and to wear a protective face mask.
“Through taking samples and examining the results at the laboratory, we found that influenza H1N1 and influenza B – the types of flu that develop during serious whether conditions – have occurred in children under five and the elderly above 65,” Mr Sovann said, noting that the Health Ministry has previously designated H1N1, H3N2, H2N2, and Infulenza B and C as seasonal types of influenza.
Mr Sovann did not provide exact figures of the increase.
He said that symptoms of the flu include a fever over 38.5 degrees Celsius, coughs and a sore throat.
Mr Sovann said that he recommends using medication that reduces heat, drinking lots of water, rest and consuming food rich in nutrition, adding that a doctor should also be consulted.
“Flu is a disease that could lead to pneumonia and it requires urgent treatment, but we have medication to treat flu and we are prepared to respond immediately,” Mr Sovann said.
According to the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology’s weather forecast, Cambodia is expected to face strong weather from June 18 to 24.