Threat of dengue fever epidemic present in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

Although the rainy season is about to end, the number of cases of dengue fever increased in Samarinda, East Kalimantan. So far there have been 174 cases reported along with 1 death. Mosquito control measures are being implemented to try to avert a possible major outbreak. There may be many more unreported cases since counting andreporting may be hampered by lack of local access to health care, and manypersons with mild illness may not seek health care. Travellers to areas wherethe dengue fever virus is active can reduce their risk of exposure to denguefever virus by taking all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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