I am planning a mother and daughter(17) trip to Siem Reap to see the Ankor Wat in August for 3 nights. Is it safe to go now in view of the unknown disease that had killed more than 60 children and some other diseases such as Malaria and dengue ?
For what it’s worth, there are reports that the mystery of the disease has been "solved" http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Doctors_Say_Mystery_Cambodian_Illness_is_Solved_162160965.html ...that being said, you should see what your government's travel advisory is for Cambodia.
Malaria and dengue are apparently always an issue, especially in the rainy season (surprisingly, mosquitoes weren't that much of a problem for me last October after the floods)....as you probably already know, there are pills for Malaria but not for dengue. I've been to Siem Reap twice, for a total of about four weeks, and have not been infected. If you go, make sure you have lots of insect repellant. :-) over 7 years ago
Malaria is always a concern in SE Asia but most GPs will prescribe an antibiotic to take during your stay. This should cover you, however, if you are unfortunate enough to contract it, the treatment of malaria in a first world country is simple and effective.
The virus that has plagued Cambodia's school children, from reports I have read, is due to to issues of hygiene and density of students. All of which should not be a problem for a 3 day trip and especially to tourist attractions.
Do as you would in terms of hygiene, wash hands, use anti-bacterial gels, don't eat street food, drink only bottled water, don't drink beverages with ice, eat only fruit with skin that can be peeled etc.
You will love it, it's such a beautiful part of the world.
Enjoy! :) over 7 years ago