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Dengue Fever on the Rise, Officials Say

An outbreak of dengue fever in Ratanakkiri province sparked a nationwide campaign earlier this month, and the Ministry of Health has continued to warn people to cover containers and treat water that could be a breeding ground for disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Dengue fever, transmitted by the Asian tiger mosquito, which has black stripes on its back, is most prevalent during the rainy season, which is in full swing across Cambodia. The mosquitoes breed in water containers, especially those stored above ground.

The Minsistry of Health recommended people use water treatment, such as Abate, to curb the spread of mosquito populations and reduce the risk of the disease, which is sometimes called break-bone fever or bone-crusher disease.

The ministry is conducting its campaign in at least six high-risk provinces: Kampot, Pursat, Battambang, Siem Reap, Bantey Meanchey and Svay Rieng.