The Jakarta Post
Fish fight: Ikan cupang (betta fish) are handed out to residents of Kota Baru housing complex, Tasikmalaya regency, West Java, on Friday as part of the local authority’s antidengue fever camapign. The local health agency reported that 64 people had contracted the fever, five of whom died.(Antara/Adeng Bustomi)While residents in Greater Jakarta have to endure the suffocating smell of insecticide spray or fogging, which has intensified with the dengue fever alert period this rainy season, those living in Marunda subdistrict, Cilincing district in North Jakarta, can live in peace as they have taken preventive measures the natural way.
Before the dengue fever alert period hit Jakarta in February, residents in Marunda subdistrict planted 2,000 lavender plants and placed chopped lemongrass in different corners of their homes to get rid of mosquito larvae.
They learned from the...