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More malaria cases, but no deaths last year

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National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control held a conference at Siem Reap to present their annual report. It was presided by Minister of Health Mam Bunheng. CEN

The Health Ministry today said that the number of malaria cases last year rose by more than 41.6 percent when compared to 2017, but there were no death.

The statistics were made available by the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control in its annual report, which was presented during an event presided over by Health Minister Mam Bunheng in Siem Reap province today.

In its report, NCPEMC said that last year there were 65,114 cases of malaria, an increase when compared to 45,991 cases in 2017.

Dr Huy Rekol, NCPEMC director, said that although the number of malaria cases increased last year, most of them were a milder form of the disease known as P vivax, while cases of the more serious form of the disease, Falciparum, declined by 27.6 percent from the previous year.

“In 2017 there was one death, but last year no one died from malaria,” he said. “This means that we are reaching our goal of eradicating fatalities from malaria by 2020.”

Full story in Thursday’s paper.

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