Emergencies preparedness, response

Dengue haemorrhagic fever in Timor-Leste - update

3 February 2005

As of 1 February, WHO has received reports of 95 cases of dengue infection and 11 deaths (case fatality ratio, 11.6%). Out of the 95 cases, 61 had clinical features compatible with dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) and 34 were diagnosed as suspected dengue fever (DF) using WHO standard case definitions. Districts reporting DF/DHF cases are Baucau, Dili, Liquica, Maliana and Manatuto (see previous report) with 89.9% of the cases reported from Dili.

The Ministry of Health, with the assistance of WHO, is organizing a seminar for case management of dengue and DHF for clinicians and nurses. WHO is providing support to the Dili National Hospital in the management of dengue and DHF and in targeting interventions in high-risk areas. Other control activities include assistance with vector control and health promotion.