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Dengue fever infections increase across regions

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 4 2020   /  01:00 am
Residents conducted fogging (Fogging) independently in JL Sulfat Selatan, Pandanwangi Village, Malang City, East Java, Monday (6/4/2020). This activity is an effort to reduce the Aedes Aegpty mosquito that causes an Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) outbreak in the neighborhood. East Java Health Department data, there were 20 people died and 2,016 people affected by dengue outbreaks in March 2020 (JP/Aman Rochman)

The COVID-19 epidemic has not slowed the onset of the seasonal dengue fever across the country, the Health Ministry has said, with 70,418 cases and 458 disease-related deaths recorded as of Thursday.  The official tally increased from 34,451 cases and 212 deaths in March. However, the ministry also said that the number of dengue cases recorded between Jan. 1 and July 1 this year was lower than that in the same period in 2019, when 105,222 cases and 727 deaths were logged.  Still, this year’s figure is higher than that of 2018 in the same period, which saw 21,861 cases and 158 deaths by dengue.  Cases of dengue fever, which is primarily spread through mosquito bites, usually increase during the rainy season.   The country has been battling dengue fever since early this year, at a time when state resources have been spent on curbing the COVID-1...