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Published On: Fri, Dec 28th, 2012

Cambodia reports 35 percent decrease in malaria in 2012

Image-CDC/ James Gathany

Image-CDC/ James Gathany

Even though the Asian country recorded more than 63,000 cases of malaria during the first 11 months of 2012, this represents a 35 percent decrease from the same time period last year, according to a China Global Times report Friday.

In the first 11 months of 2011, Cambodia reported 96,747 cases.

In addition to total cases, fatalities due to the blood borne parasite were also down in 2012. The disease killed 40 people in from Jan. to Nov. this year, this represents a 43 percent drop from 70 at the same period last year.

The decrease in deaths prompted the director of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control,  Dr. Char Meng Chuor to say, “Based on the figures, we strongly believe that the country will be able to eradicate the death from malaria by 2015.”

Malaria is a parasitic disease that involves high fevers, shaking chills, flu-like symptoms, and anemia.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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