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Published On: Mon, Dec 30th, 2013

Bali records nearly 6,000 dengue fever cases in 2013

The Bali Health Agency has reported that the province of Bali in Indonesia has recorded some of the highest dengue fever totals on the archipelago, according to a Jakarta Post report today.

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Based on data from the health agency, 5,870 dengue cases occurred on the island in 2013, with the capital city of Denpasar hit with the highest number at 1,682 cases. Buleleng regency came in second. Badung and Gianyar also saw high numbers of dengue cases.

The dengue prevalence stood at 145 persons per 100,000 population. Bali has a population of 4.1 million. Meanwhile, the mortality rate for dengue outbreaks reached 1 percent of total cases in 2013.

According to Dr. Gede Wira Sunetra, head of tropical and contagious diseases at Bali Health Agency, “A rising population and crowded housing complexes with poor water and sanitation have all contributed to the rise of dengue cases in Bali.”

Dengue is a mosquito-borne, potentially fatal disease that affects between 50 and 100 million people in tropical and subtropical regions every year, causing fever and muscle and joint aches.

According to the World Health Organization, Dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever are present in urban and suburban areas in the Americas, South-East Asia, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Western Pacific and dengue fever is present mainly in rural areas in Africa.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He regularly writes about infectious disease news for Examiner.com and administers the Outbreak News section of The Global Dispatch.

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