Dengue fever in Indonesia decreasing but still a risk

There are fewer cases of dengue fever reported this year in Indonesia. However, with a total of 71,668 cases by mid-December and 650 deaths, there is still a significant risk of exposure. Affected regions that are reporting increases in the number of cases include: North Sumatra, Riau, West Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, Bali and Jakarta.

Travellers to areas where the dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Many persons with dengue fever do not seek medical care and are not reported to health authorities. There may be many more cases in the community than the reports indicate.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Dengue Fever.

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