Cambodia dengue death toll rises to 182

14-Jul-2007 Intellasia | Xinhua | 7:05 AM Print This Post

Major hospitals in Cambodia ‘s hottest travel destination Siem Reap province have received more dengue patients than before, according to local newspaper report on Thursday July 12.

The rise of number of patients showed that the spread of the disease was becoming stronger there, Chinese-language daily newspaper the Commercial News quoted the figures from Ministry of Health as saying.

Meanwhile, the spread of the epidemic turned weaker in Phnom Penh, Kandal, Takeo and Kampot, while no basic change was seen in the rest provinces, the figures said.

The ministry has dispatched more experts to Siem Reap to help the local government contain the disease, the paper added.

Earlier statistics from the ministry said that the death toll from dengue fever for the first half of this year already surpassed the total number of 2006, for more mosquitoes were born at household level.

Altogether 182 people died from the virus in the first six months of this year, compared to the 158 death in the whole year of 2006, while the reported cases of human contamination of the fever so far this year reached 14,986, over 16,649 in the whole year of 2006.

The peak of dengue spread used to occur at the end of July. Currently, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) regional office is leading the efforts of Cambodia to spray insecticide and train provincial teams in this regard.


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