Some 1,500 Contract Chikungunya Across 15 Provinces, Ministry Says

Almost 1,500 people have tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya fever in more than half of the nation’s provinces, the Health Ministry said, with officials instructing local authorities to get rid of mosquito breeding areas.

In a statement on Saturday, the ministry reported some 1,500 cases of chikungunya, with more than 500 others showing symptoms of the virus but not confirmed to have contracted it.

The 2,047 total symptomatic patients spanned across 15 provinces, including Palin, Battambang, Siem Reap and Banteay Meanchey in the northwest; Preah Sihanouk and Kampot on the southwestern coast; Preah Vihear and Stung Treng in the north; Kampong Cham and Kampong Thom in the nation’s center; and Kandal and Takeo in the south.

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