Cambodia reports sharp rise in dengue fever cases in 1st half of 2015

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The Aedes mosquito is responsible for the spread of dengue fever. (Photo: AFP)

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) — Cambodia has seen 2,688 dengue fever cases in the first six months of 2015, an increase of 116 percent from the 1,245 cases over the same period last year, a health official said in a report on Saturday.

“The incident rate is 16.6 cases out of 100,000 people,” Huy Rekol, director of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, said in the report posted on the center’s website.

He said the disease killed 10 children during the January-June period this year, one more than the death number over the same period last year.

Despite the sharp rise in cases, the fatal rate was comparable to last year, which showed that Cambodian parents were well-aware of dengue fever and sent their kids to hospitals timely when they suspected that their children had infected with the disease, he added.

Rekol said over 71 percent of the patients were children aged between 5 and 14 years old.

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 rash.

In Cambodia, the outbreak of the disease usually occurs in the rainy season from May to October.

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