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Alarming Increase in Bali Dengue Cases

Bali Now Second Highest Source of Dengue Infections. Denpasar Hit Hardest by Epidemic as New Cases Continue to Grow.

(4/19/2010) Bali has received the dubious distinction of having the second-highest rate of dengue fever infections nation-wide in Indonesia. In the first three months of 2010, Bali health authorities recorded 2,771 hospitalizations among those falling victim to dengue fever spread through the bite of aedes aegepty mosquito. Of that total, 12 have died from the disease.

A disease that favors urban settings, the highest number of dengue cases have been recorded in Bali's capital city of Denpasar with 1,046 reported cases of which 6 have died.

The head of the Bali Health Department (Kadiskes), Dr. Nyoman Sutedja, told the press that the number of dengue cases in Bali appears to be on the increase. In all of 2009, a total of 4,500 dengue cases were reported, a number that will likely be surpassed in 2010.

The government has undertaken a program of public education and neighborhood fogging in order to help eliminate the nests of infectious mosquitoes.

Sutedja expect the incidence of dengue cases to reach its peak in May.

Sutedja blamed the high number of cases in Denpasar on the rapid development and urbanization of Bali's capital city and poor understanding of the simple hygiene measures that will remove the threat of the disease from every neighborhood.

Major hotels and tourism areas in Bali practice anti-dengue protocols including routine fogging of their premises.