The Jakarta Post
The city's Health Agency has warned citizens to stay alert to the threat of dengue fever, which usually rises during the peak of the rainy season and the transition to the dry season.
Agency head Kusmedi encouraged all people living in Jakarta to carry out the government's 3M procedure: mengubur (bury), menguras (drain) and menutup (cover), referring to three ways to eliminate the standing stagnant water in which mosquitoes breed.
He also advised people to boost their immune system by eating nutritious food, so as to guard against any of the diseases that occur during the wet season.
'We recorded 265 dengue fever cases throughout January, with one dead patient. We now all need to stay alert because we are going to enter the peak of the rainy season,' he said as quoted by Antara news agency on Saturday.
The peak is predicted to fall between the end of this month and March.
According to the agency's data, there were 865 dengue fever cases in January last year, the figure rising to 1,067 and 1,476 cases in February and March, respectively. (nfo)(+++)
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