The dengue fever situation in Asia varies depending on the country. Last week we reported that Malaysia’s dengue case count has about tripled 2013’s numbers with some 100,000 cases.
Malaysia’s neighbor in southeast Asia, Indonesia has reported 71,668 cases of dengue fever as of mid-December. In addition, the archipelago has seen nearly 650 succumb to the mosquito borne virus.
While these numbers are appear bad, and they are, it’s an improvement compared to what the country saw in 2013.
The Indonesian Health Ministry recorded 112,511 cases and 871 fatalities in 2013. However, certain areas of the country has seen increases, according to the Jakarta Globe. These include North Sumatra, Riau, West Kalimantan, North Kalimantan, North Sulawesi, Bali and Jakarta.
This year’s case count and death toll (641) has prompted health officials to advise the public to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around there houses, adding larvicides to water containers and sleeping under a mosquito net.