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Cambodia reports spike in dengue

The Cambodia Ministry of Health has reported a spike in dengue fever cases in the first three weeks of the year, compared to the same period in 2017.

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During the first three weeks of January, there were 316 cases, compared to 138 during the same period in 2017, said Dr Ly Sovann, a health ministry spokesman and director of the ministry’s Communicable Disease Control Department. One death was reported.

The last dengue epidemic in Cambodia was in 2012 when 30,000 cases and 157 deaths were recorded. Officials previously predicted the next epidemic would occur in 2017 or 2018.

Dengue is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. There are four closely related but antigenically different serotypes of the virus that can cause dengue (DEN1, DEN 2, DEN 3, DEN 4).

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