Dengue fever hits Indonesia, 75 dead
A seasonal dengue fever outbreak in 14 of Indonesia's 33 provinces has killed at least 75 people and afflicted over 4,800 since New Year's Day, health officials said on Tuesday.
But this month's figure was much less compared to the same period last year when over 18,900 people were infected and the disease claimed 192 lives, said Erna Tresnaningsih, a health ministry official.
The ministry had taken several measures to reduce the rate of fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease that spreads during the rainy season through the aedes aegepti mosquito, she said.
West Java was the worst hit province with a total of 42 people dead due to the viral since early this month. The province has recorded 1,889 confirmed cases.