Video campaign seeks to stop dengue outbreak

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The Health Ministry’s communicable disease control department is running an online video campaign to educate people about protecting themselves from dengue fever, as outbreaks were reported in Thailand and Vietnam.

The department’s director Ly Sovann appealed to the public to be careful and take action to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Dengue fever is spreading in our neighbouring countries, so in order to prevent an outbreak here, people must destroy places where mosquito larvae breed, protect their family from being bitten and send children to hospital immediately if they suspect they have dengue fever,” said Mr Sovann.

He urged the public to inform local health centres or call 115 if several people in any village or community came down with an unusual fever.

A ten-minute video posted online by the department tells the story of a family and their young daughter who is suffering from a high fever. The parents take the girl to a health centre for treatment just in time, saving her from suffering the worst effects of dengue.

The video also explains how to stop the spread of dengue fever by eradicating the places where mosquito larvae breed and by keeping the house clean.

Leang Rithea, dengue control programme manager at the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, earlier this month said there were 1,133 reported dengue cases in the first 24 weeks of this year and just one fatality, compared with 2,447 dengue cases and five deaths in the same period last year.

He said the number of cases decreased more than 50 percent and deaths dropped more than 80 percent.

According to local media, Thailand is experiencing its worst dengue epidemic in 20 years. Vietnam has also reported a surge in cases since January.

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