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Ministry of Health warns of dengue fever as rainy season looms

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Mothers bring their children in a health facility in the capital to get treated for dengue. KT/Khem Sovannara

The Ministry of Health has warned the public of the likely increase in dengue fever cases in the coming weeks due to the onset of the rainy season.

“There are 2,172 dengue fever cases reported in the Kingdom during the first quarter of this year. This figure may see a possible surge in the next few weeks, especially in the rural areas,” it said.

Last year’s rainy season reported close to 10,000 cases found across the Kingdom in the month of July alone despite the preventive measures that had been enforced to eradicate the deadly disease, the Health Ministry noted.

To curb dengue fever, Health Minister Mam Bun Heng has urged local authorities and partner organisations to jointly prevent a dengue outbreak as the Kingdom simultaneously battles against COVID-19.

He said: “The Ministry of Health would like to call on relevant authorities and other national and international organisations, such as the World Health Organization, to continue working with us in preventing a dengue outbreak in the community, which can happen at any time.”

Mr Bun Heng also advised the public to maintain a clean environment and eliminate stagnant water, which is the preferred breeding ground of dengue-spreading mosquitoes, in their homes.

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