By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Ponhea Leu district, Kandal province in southeastern Cambodia has reported an increase in the mosquito-borne diseases, chikungunya and dengue fever recently.

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Ponhea Leu district governor Thorn Sovann said 78 people in his district had been infected with chikungunya and/or dengue fever since July. However, thanks to the work of their doctors, almost all of the patients have now recovered and have been discharged from the hospital and only six of them are still being treated.

Kandal provincial hospital department director Kuoy Bunthoeurn said that the infections were not a large-scale disease outbreak, rather it was due to poor hygiene standards during the rainy season with its larger mosquito population.

He added that after receiving information regarding the infections, health officials sprayed mosquito repellent and the anti-mosquito larvae chemical Abate around people’s houses where the disease was known to have occurred.

He continued that the officials had also educated the villagers to always maintain good hygiene standards and sleep under mosquito nets to minimize the number of mosquito bites they receive.