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Monks at a pagoda in Phnom Penh hold a dog as it receives the rabies vaccine during a vaccination drive conducted by Animal Rescue Cambodia staff. (Andy Ball/VOD)

Can Cambodia Eradicate the World’s Most Fatal Disease?

Each year, hundreds of people in Cambodia are estimated to die of rabies, which is treatable but fatal once symptoms present. Animal welfare and health experts say vaccinating the nation’s dogs and controlling the dog meat trade could help prevent deaths.

A woman walks by the Health Ministry in Phnom Penh on January 29, 2020 (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

Two Test Positive for Covid-19 After Release From Quarantine

Two Cambodians tested positive for Covid-19 this past weekend after they had been released from two separate quarantine centers, leaving health workers to trace more than 50 people with whom they were in contact, officials said.

Poipet City authorities and doctors visit chikungunya patients at the Poipet Referral Hospital, in a photograph posted to Poipet City Hall’s Facebook page in June 2020.

Some 1,500 Contract Chikungunya Across 15 Provinces, Ministry Says

Almost 1,500 people have tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness chikungunya fever in more than half of the nation’s provinces, the Health Ministry said, with officials instructing local authorities to get rid of mosquito breeding areas.

Kantha Bopha Children's Hospital in Phnom Penh in 2019 (VOD)

Dengue Cases Drop in First Half of 2020 Following Cyclical Peak

The Health Ministry reported a sharp decline in dengue and malaria cases in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2019, with health professionals attributing the relative drop in dengue cases to a lull following a cyclical peak last year.

A motorbike driver waits for customers outside the Health Ministry in Phnom Penh on March 19, 2020. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Ministry to Add Covid-19 Testing Labs as Foreign Arrivals Increase

The Health Ministry on Friday said it would establish three new laboratories that can test samples for Covid-19 as international arrivals to Cambodia have risen to up to 900 people per day following a drastic drop in tourist entries amid the global pandemic.

Cambodians wait to return home at an airport in Malaysia while flights to Cambodia were restricted on April 7, 2020. (Cambodian Embassy in Malaysia)

Certify No Covid-19 Before Trip Home, Embassy in Malaysia Tells Citizens

The Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has told Cambodian citizens in Malaysia, including 143 people who have been trying to return home since last month, to attain documents certifying they are free of Covid-19 if they wish to be allowed back in the country. But some say they cannot afford to pay for the health reports.