Global Alert and Response (GAR)

Acute haemorrhagic fever syndrome in Timor-Leste

31 January 2005

As of 26 January, WHO has received reports of 67 hospitalized cases and 8 deaths of acute haemorrhagic syndrome, with clinical features compatible with dengue haemorrhagic fever in Dili, Liquica and Maliana.

The Ministry of Health has organized vector control activities to prevent breeding of mosquitoes, distributed mosquito nets in high-risk areas and issued health education messages through the mass media and to community groups to raise awareness of dengue infection. Active surveillance in the affected areas is being carried out.

WHO has developed and distributed guidance on clinical treatment and management of the disease. WHO is also supporting two senior staff from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Case Management of Dengue/Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever, Thailand, Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, Bangkok, to strengthen the clinical care system for dengue case management, initiate training of health care personnel for clinical case management and provide guidance in dengue fever management in patients. WHO is deploying further experts in clinical management to support the Ministry of Health and to strengthen field assessments.

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