The number of recorded malaria cases fell by almost half during the first three months of the year, according to statistics compiled by the Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Center.
There were 13,202 people who received outpatient care for malaria during that period, compared to 23,603 in the first three months of 2000.
Hospitals recorded just 758 severe cases of malaria and 59 deaths recorded at-hospital during the first trimester of 2001.
During that period in 2000, there were 1,274 severe cases and 132 deaths recorded at hospital.
National Malaria Center Director Dr Doung Socheat said the reduction is due mostly to the distribution of chemically impregnated mosquito bednets.
These nets went to all areas in Cambodia found to have high transmission rates.
Education campaigns, combination drug therapies and access to cheap anti-malaria drugs in private pharmacies have also been factors in the lower rates of malaria throught the nation, he said.