The Outbreak of Chikungunya in Cambodia​

On 23 July, the Ministry of Health of Cambodia announced the outbreak of chikungunya (CHIK) in Poipet City, Banteay Meanchey province. 

The statement was made after more than 100 residents in 6 villages in Poipet city were hospitalized and suspected as chikungunya symptoms. The patients were examined some symptoms like fever, skin rashes, and joint pains.  

The doctors brought some specimens to Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh to conduct the test and the results showed that it was chikungunya.

As of July 26, four patients were discharged from Poipet Referral Hospital and 56 people and another 28 children are receiving treatment. 

Keat Hul, Poipet city governor, told VOA Khmer on July 27 that four patients recovered, and another 56 patients are being treated in Poitpet Referral Hospital.

Health Minister Mom Bunheng urged people to be vigilant about the outbreak. The disease has similar symptoms to dengue fever which is transmitted to humans through female tiger mosquitos. 

“If you have the symptoms of chikungunya, please go to the nearest referral hospitals or health centers to get treatment,” said the minister. 

According to WHO, Chikungunya (CHIK) was first discovered in southern Tanzania in 1952.

This disease occurred in Cambodia in 1961 and in Siem Reap, Battambong, and Preah Vihear provinces in 2011.

By: LUNG Vannak