The Health Ministry yesterday said it expects cases of dengue fever in the country to rise markedly this year compared to last year.
Dr Leang Rithea, director of the National Dengue Control Program (NDCP), said that one of the factors that leads to a rise in dengue fever is changing weather patterns which create ideal conditions for mosquitos to breed easily in homes or in the public spaces.
“According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dengue fever may erupt in this year and citizens and local authorities at all levels should exercise caution by actively taking action to avoid the possibility of an outbreak of the disease this year and next year,” he said.
Dr Rithea noted that the ministry has issued guidelines on preventing dengue fever.
He said people must destroy mosquito breeding places and keep the environment clean and vendors should also get rid of used tyres, which can collect water for mosquitoes to breed, in their vicinity.
Dr Rithea also said that people, especially children, showing symptoms of dengue fever should be taken to hospital immediately.
He added that mass spraying of larvicide to destroy mosquito breeding places should be carried out in case of a pandemic but should only be used for a short period to prevent mosquitoes from becoming resistant to the chemicals.
According to a Health Ministry report, there were 24,684 cases of dengue fever with 23 deaths last year compared with 6,372 cases with three deaths in 2017.
The report said that most cases were in Phnom Penh and Kampong Chhnang, Preah Vihear, Siem Reap, Kratie, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Oddar Meanchey and Banteay Meanchey provinces.