Dengue fever has killed nearly 500 people in Indonesia this year


A worker fumigates a neighborhood in an effort to control the spread of dengue fever in Jakarta. Almost 500 people out of 70,000 infected persons had died of dengue fever across Indonesia this year, the Covid-19 Task Force said on Friday (July 3). - AFP

JAKARTA, July 4 (Xinhua): Almost 500 people out of 70,000 infected persons had died of dengue fever across Indonesia this year, the Covid-19 Task Force said on Friday (July 3).

The task force called on the people to be cautious as patients being infected by the Covid-19 are also vulnerable to the transmission of the disease caused by an Aedes aegypti mosquito, said Reisa Broto Asmoro, a member of the task force.

"The Health Ministry states that areas with more dengue fever cases also highly record Covid-19 cases," she told a virtual press briefing.

The mid of this year, Asmoro said, is likely the peak of the dengue fever transmission in the country.

"This phenomenon makes a person infected by the novel coronavirus vulnerable to dengue fever transmission," she revealed.

The virus outbreak has hampered health officials from sharing information about the way to prevent the disease and eradicate mosquito nests, she said, adding that the restriction during the pandemic has also hindered residents from cleaning their environments.

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease caused by one of four closely related dengue viruses. The disease is transmitted by the bite of an Aedes mosquito, especially an Aedes aegypti mosquito, infected with dengue virus.

The dengue fever is the fastest spreading mosquito-borne viral disease in the world. The infection commonly occurs in urban environments. - Xinhua
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