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Jakarta sees fewer cases of dengue fever

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, February 23, 2020   /  03:10 pm
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The Jakarta Health Agency is expecting fewer cases of the mosquito-borne dengue fever this year. Heavy rain has continued to batter Jakarta in the past couple of weeks as the rainy season continues. This is also the time when dengue-bearing mosquitos are most active. According to Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti, 434 dengue fever cases have been reported in the capital as of Feb. 17. Of the figure, 120 were found in East Jakarta, 108 cases in South Jakarta, 106 in West Jakarta, 69 cases in North Jakarta, 27 cases in Central Jakarta and four cases in the Thousand Islands. "Dengue fever is endemic to Jakarta, which means it will always see new cases every year," Widyastuti told The Jakarta Post on the sidelines of a national meeting between the Health Ministry and local agencies on Wednesday. "We hope to keep the cases under control this year." The city...