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Jakarta Post

Residents of Greater Jakarta face rainy season caterpillar outbreak

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 18 2020   /  01:29 am

Weeks after a cobra outbreak in residential areas throughout the country, residents of Greater Jakarta are facing another terror: caterpillars swarming their environs.In the past week, some people in the Hakiki Residence on Jl. Raya Bukit Indah in Ciputat, South Tangerang, have experienced rashes, itching and blistering after contact with the caterpillars.“Some residents feel itchy all over their bodies after one week of dealing with caterpillars around their houses,” a resident named Nadi said, as reported on Wednesday.“They don’t go to the hospital. They only use ointment to ease the pain,” the 38-year-old added.Nadi explained that he and his neighbors tried to prevent the caterpillars from spreading farther by burning them. They believed that the caterpillars were from an empty plot of land overgrown with bushes near the residential area.Officers from th...