Dengue Cases Drop in First Half of 2020 Following Cyclical Peak

The Health Ministry reported a sharp decline in dengue and malaria cases in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2019, with health professionals attributing the relative drop in dengue cases to a lull following a cyclical peak last year.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the ministry said it counted more than 3,300 cases of dengue fever — a mosquito-borne illness that causes a high fever and symptoms including muscle pain, headache, nausea, vomiting and a rash — from January to June, marking an 88 percent decline in cases from the same period last year. The country has recorded only four dengue-related deaths so far this year, down from 32 reported in the first six months of 2019.

“Dengue conditions in Cambodia are normal, under the good control of anti-dengue programming across the country, with intervention and full cooperation from related partners and people,” the ministry said in the statement.

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