Malaria cases reduced in 2013 in Cambodia

Cases and deaths due to malaria decreased significantly in Cambodia in 2013. Only 9 deaths were reported among the 37,287 infections reported in the first 11 months of the year. For comparison, there were 39 deaths and 64,376 infections during the same period of time in 2012.
None of the deaths occurred along Cambodia’s western border with Thailand, where resistance to the best available anti-malaria drugs continues to increase.

Although malaria transmission has decreased, there is still a general risk of infection, including acquiring a drug resistant strain. Travellers to any region where malaria transmission is occurring can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Anti-malaria medication is still recommended.

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