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Dengue fever has killed 91 in Indonesia since last month

An outbreak of dengue fever has killed 91 people in six Indonesian provinces since the start of the year, a health official said. The densely-populated Java island is the worst hit, with at least 38 people reported dead in East Java province and 17 others in the capital Jakarta, health ministry spokeswoman Mariani Reksoprojo said. “The situation is dire and needs immediate handling,” she said. About 4,500 people in the six provinces have also been hospitalized with the mosquito-transmitted disease, Reksoprojo told AFP. She warned that the figure could rise once the ministry had received reports from others among Indonesia’s 31 provinces. Civil workers in Jakarta have been spraying neighbourhoods in an attempt to kill the mosquitoes. Full Story

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