Dengue fever surge in Central Java, Indonesia, leads to death of children

In Surakarta city, Central Java, in the past week, 3 of 36 people with the severe form of dengue fever (dengue haemorrhagic fever) have died. Overall, there have been 6 deaths among the 245 patients with the severe form. All the patients were children, between 3 and 6 years old. Semanggi and Mojosongo subdistricts were the most affected.

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Advice For Travellers

The severe form of dengue fever (dengue haemorrhagic fever) is a relatively rare complication of dengue virus infections. However, the death rate can be high. The relatively large number of severe cases indicates that there are many uncomplicated dengue fever infections in the community.

The risk of exposure will vary from place to place and may be high in many localities.

All 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.

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