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Dengue fever spikes in
Tangerang regency

The Tangerang regency Health Agency has warned residents to remain vigilant as dengue disease has spiked in the region.

Some 49 Tangerang regency residents suffered from dengue fever from January to April.

“Out of the 49 residents, no one has died. They were quickly rushed to nearest community health centers,” Tangerang Health Agency disease prevention and control unit head Wiwit said on Wednesday.

The agency has taken emergency measures to curb the disease, considering that the current transition season from rainy to dry season usually triggers a spike in the number of dengue fever cases.

The agency has deployed cadres of the Larva-Free Movement to 274 villages and subdistricts to encourage residents to keep their environment clean and to distribute abate powder.

Wiwit said that the number of dengue fever cases in the region had been decreasing from year to year. The agency recorded 200 dengue cases in 2011, dropping from 999 cases in 2010.

“We are sure that this year the figure will be even lower, however, we remind residents to stay alert over a possible outbreak,” she said as quoted by Antara news agency. (swd)

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