The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Sat, 02/07/2009 2:45 PM
A dengue fever outbreak has killed one person and infected 26 others in Mamuju District, West Sulawesi, a local health official said Saturday.
“The Mamuju health agency has declared an extraordinary alert status for the outbreak and told the people to be cautious,” Firmon, the agency head, said as quoted by Antara.
The 26 patients of dengue fever were currently being treated in Mamuju General Hospital, he said.
The agency has distributed mosquito abatement powder, or abate, to kill the eggs of mosquitoes, which are usually laid on the surface of stagnant water, and sprayed mosquito repellent.
It has also set up 27 command posts in local community health center and hospitals in the district to monitor the disease outbreak.