Sunday, 6 January 2008

Cambodia counts cost of dengue fever

ABC Radio Australia

Cambodia has struggled through its worst outbreak of dengue fever in a decade with nearly 40,000 cases of dengue fever last year, resulting in more than 400 deaths.

Director of the health ministry's anti-dengue programme Ngan Chantha says most of those who died were childrenMany of the victims were from poor rural areas with little or no access to medical care.

Doctors said at the height of the epidemic last June the country was ill-prepared to deal with such an aggressive outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease.The last serious outbreak occurred in 1998.

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