Health Risks in Cambodia



In Cambodia, residents are exposed to a few health risks and those who plan on migrating there should take the right precautions. A good way to begin would be to take out international health insurance Cambodia and knowing what the risks are.

Probably the most common health threat in the country today is malaria which can be found in almost all areas, except in Phnom Penh and around Lake Tonle Sap. There is a high incidence of this disease in all other parts of the country. Hence, it is important for expats to consult a travel medicine specialist to know the exact precautions to be taken. Aside from malaria, which is transmitted through mosquito bites, Japanese encephalitis is another insect-borne disease which expats must guard themselves against, especially if they will be staying in rural or farming areas.

Other health risks include hepatitis A, typhoid fever and diarrhea which are all caused by intake of contaminated food or water. It is important to be very particular about handling practices, both at home and especially when dining out. It is best to consume only water that is commercially available in sealed bottles. Hepatitis B, a disease that is transmitted through an exchange of body fluids, also exists in Cambodia. Those who are working in health facilities or having sexual relations with locals should be very careful lest they contract this disease.

For those who will be working with wild animals such as researchers and environmentalists, a good knowledge about keeping oneself safe from rabies from animal bites can be lifesaving.

Before leaving, it is strongly suggested that one see a travel medicine specialist and purchase private health insurance Cambodia to ensure reliable medical coverage when necessary.