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Dengue kills in Indonesia

31st January 2007

01092006_Mosquito1.jpgAt least 75 people died of dengue fever in Indonesia in January, health officials said.

The country saw 4,862 dengue fever cases across 14 of the country's 33 provinces with the special region of Jakarta registering the highest figure.

In December 2006, a total of 5,400 dengue fever cases were reported in 28 provinces leading to 77 deaths.

Officials said a higher death rate compared with last year's post-monsoon outbreak could be down to patients seeking treatment later than last year.

Erna Tresnaningsih, the head of the directorate of animal-borne disease control at the Indonesian health ministry, said the government had taken several measures including reducing pools of water in which the aedes aegypti mosquito that carries dengue likes to breed.

But she said public response had not been forthcoming, and the measures had not been successful.

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