Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Health Ministry has reported that as of the 14th week of 2024, at least 455 people have died of dengue fever in Indonesia, with the total number of cases recorded at 60,296.

In a statement received here on Monday, head of communication and public services at the ministry, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, informed that during the corresponding period of the previous year, the nation recorded 20,502 dengue cases and 162 deaths.

According to Tarmizi, of the five districts and cities with the most dengue deaths this year, Bandung district is leading with 25 deaths, followed by Jepara district with 21 deaths, and Subang district with 18.

"And then Kendal district with 16 deaths and Bogor district with 13 deaths," she added.

She said that the five districts with the highest incidence of dengue fever include Tangerang district (2,540 cases), Bandung city (1,741 cases), West Bandung district (1,422 cases), and Lebak district (1,326 cases).

"And then there is Depok city with 1,252 cases," she added.

In a press release received on April 2, 2024, director general of disease prevention and control at the ministry, Maxi Rein Rondonuwu, said that there is a possibility that the cases will continue to increase until the transition of seasons.

As of March 26, or the 13th week of 2024, dengue cases were capped at 53,131, while the death toll was recorded at 404, he informed.

He urged people to stay calm despite the increase in cases and encouraged them to maintain personal as well as environmental cleanliness, calling it crucial to prevent the disease.

The director general reminded the public to eradicate mosquito nests regularly and thoroughly, particularly during the rainy season.

"From now on, check the tidiness of home and the surrounding areas. Do not ignore anything that can cause puddle to form. Should it be left unchecked, it could serve as a place for the dengue mosquitoes to multiply," he explained.

He said that it is better to either empty water containers or cover them to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

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