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Jakarta Post

Dengue fever death toll almost doubles in Bali

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Wed, May 11 2016   /  07:01 am

Dengue fever has already claimed at least 38 lives in Bali this year, where there has been 7,794 reported cases of the viral infection, an official said.

The death toll from the first four months of the year, all within the rainy season, is almost double what it was in the same period last year.

Bali Health Agency head I Ketut Suarjaya told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday that dengue cases were on the rise.

“Dengue fever continues to spread and has claimed an increasing number of fatalities,” Suarjaya said.

In 2015, from January until April, there were only 20 fatalities caused by dengue fever. The death toll for the whole year was only 28.

Those numbers were higher than in 2014 when dengue fever caused no deaths from January to April and just 17 deaths for the year.

Out of the 38 people who have died from the fever this year, 13 were in Denpasar...