Emergencies preparedness, response

Dengue fever in Indonesia

26 February 2004

As of 26 February, the Ministry of Health of Indonesia has reported a total of 14 626 cases with 260 deaths (case fatality rate, 1.8%) from 1 January 2004 in all provinces in Java and 2 in Sumatra. Den-3 is the most common serotype circulating, although all four serotypes are present. The health authorities are carrying out tests to determine the specific virus strain responsible for this outbreak.

The Ministry of Health has begun intensive space spraying to eliminate the mosquitoes that carry the virus. WHO and the WHO Collaborating Centre, NAMRU-2, are assisting the Ministry of Health with laboratory diagnosis.