Dengue fever kills 60 children in Cambodia between January and June

Between January and June, dengue fever killed 60 children in Cambodia, which is up from 23 deaths during the same time period in 2011.

According to the National Center of Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, there have been 15,597 cases of dengue fever between January and June, representing a 239 percent increase year-on-year. There were 4,604 cases of dengue fever during the same time period in 2011, China Daily reports.

The province of Banteay Meanchey recorded the highest death toll at 14 deaths. Siem Reap totaled seven deaths and Kampong Thom experienced six deaths.

Char Meng Chuor, the director of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, said that the disease is typically prevalent every five years. Chuor said that a 2007 outbreak killed 407 children, according to China Daily.

Dengue is spread by mosquitoes and causes a sudden onset of illness with symptoms that include swollen glands, joint and muscle pain, exhaustion, fever, headache and rash.

In an effort to prevent an outbreak, the center distributed approximately 270 tons of Abate, a substance used to kill mosquito larvae in water pots, to households throughout the country. The outbreak of dengue fever typically starts in conjunction with the rainy season in May and goes through October.

In 2011, the country recorded 15,980 reported dengue fever cases and 73 deaths of children, China Daily reports.