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Dengue fever killed at least 51 in Indonesia in January

Dengue fever killed at least 51 in Indonesia in January

Dengue fever has killed at least 51 people in Indonesia this month and infected thousands of others, health officials said Thursday, warning that the situation will get worse as the rainy season progresses.
The disease spreads annually during the cooler wet season when mosquitoes are more prevalent. Hundreds of people die of the illness in Indonesia each year.
Dr. Erna Tresnaningsih, the ministry's director of communicable disease control, said that with 3,000 people hospitalized, the death toll is expected to rise in the coming days.
"We have reports from some hospitals that there is a shortage of beds," Tresnaningsih said. "We are trying to get information from the provinces and arrange for more supplies."
Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said she was worried many people could be affected because of the late start of the wet season. Around 1,000 people in the capital are infected, she said.
"The rainy season is late here. I'm afraid this is only the beginning," she told journalists in Jakarta.
Dengue, which is endemic to Southeast Asia, is spread by mosquitoes and causes joint pain, high fevers, nausea and rashes. In severe cases, it results in internal bleeding and death.


Updated : 2021-08-01 19:25 GMT+08:00