PHNOM PENH, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- At least 27,590 dengue fever cases had been reported in more than seven months of this year, a 150 percent rise compared with 11,017 cases during the same period last year, according to a report of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control released to the media on Saturday.
The report said that since the start of the year to Aug. 20, the disease had claimed 111 lives of children, up 131 percent compared with 48 deaths during the same period last year.
Dr. Char Meng Chuor, director of the center, appealed to parents to pay much attention to take care of their kids and to bring their children to hospitals if they doubt that their kids have contacted with dengue fever.
Dengue fever is a viral disease transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. In Cambodia, the outbreak of dengue fever usually begins at the onset of the rainy season in May and lasts until October.
"Parents should let their kids to sleep under mosquito nets all the time and keep clean environment around their houses to prevent the disease," he said.
He added that to combat the disease, the center has distributed some 270 tones of Abate (a chemical substance used to kill larvae in water pots) to households across the country this year.
Last year, the country reported 15,980 dengue fever cases, which killed 73 children.