Dengue fever is endemic throughout southeast Asia and Indonesia has seen it’s share of outbreaks of the mosquito borne virus.
Two years ago, more than 112,000 cases and 871 deaths were reported, while last year, 70,000 cases and nearly 650 deaths were seen.
In Jakarta, Governor Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama and his youngest son, 9-year-old Daud Albeener, have fallen ill, due to dengue fever, the Jakarta Globe reports.
“The governor has caught [dengue] fever. He has been feeling unwell for several days and visited the hospital to get himself checked. The test turned out to be positive. Therefore, the governor will be resting today,” Gubernatorial and Foreign Affairs bureau head Muhammad Mawardi told reporters at City Hall on Monday.
In January 2015, Indonesia saw at least 5,500 cases with East Java being hit the hardest.
Neighboring Malaysia has reported nearly 28,000 dengue cases and 62 deaths since the beginning of the year.