A new 'fad' of riding a motorcycle after having visited a doctor to have an intravenous saline solution drip fitted, has swept through one southeast Asian country almost as fast as the Dengue Fever it's hoped the drip will help clear up.
The quirky, not to say ill-advised, stupid, and, frankly, rather dangerous practice of traversing the highways, byways, and potholes of Battambang whilst holding a wooden stick aloft, from which a plastic bottle of sodium chloride solution is drip, drip, dripping into a patient's vein, might be considered insane, by some - and it is - but that hasn't stopped it from becoming 'this year's thing' amongst the common-senseless folk of Cambodia's second city.
Thousands of people, including many schoolchildren, have been made unwell with Dengue fever, which is transmitted by a mosquito's bite, but the condition is not serious if treated in good time. The treatment involves a saline solution drip, but, oddly, so do most treatments for almost anything in this part of the world.
Coughs, colds, 'flu, aches and pains, upset stomachs, diarrhoea and sickness, headaches, toothaches - well, not toothaches - but most complaints which a dose of medicine or a placebo might cure, are usually accompanied by the intravenous drip. It looks good.
Initially, the madcap behavior was confined to Battambang, but it has now been seen in Poi Pet, on the border with Thailand, and is now threatening to spill over into the Land of Smiles, and possibly even Laos in the north.
Anybody with an ounce of sense has advised patients not to travel in this way, due to the risk of the drip becoming entangled with other vehicles, pedestrians, trees or overhead wires.