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DBD Cases in Denpasar Reach 588 |

Officials carry out fogging in one of the locations in Denpasar. (BP/eka)

DENPASAR, – Residents of Denpasar are advised to remain vigilant regarding the spread of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) as the number of DHF cases continues to increase.

As of March or the ninth week of 2023, the number of DHF cases has reached 588, with three fatalities.

The Head of Disease Prevention and Control (P2P) Division of the Denpasar Health Agency, Dr. Anak Agung Ngurah Gede Dharmayuda, stated on Sunday (12/3) that the surge in DHF cases this year is part of the 5-year cycle. Moreover, he asserted that for the end-of-year 2022 to 2023 season, it is unpredictable. “Usually, DHF cases increase from January, but this year they have increased already in December,” stated Dharmayuda.

He also stated that the number of cases in 2023 sharply increased compared to the previous year. He explained that in the previous years, the highest number of cases per year was close to 1,000 cases.

However, as of March 2023, there are already 588 cases. “Meanwhile, as for the fatality rate, there have already been three deaths among children under the age of 9. Last year, there were six deaths. We hope that number does not increase this year,” he added.

In order to reduce the fatality rate from DHF, the agency is calling for public awareness to seek medical attention immediately if they experience any DHF symptoms. “We urge the public, especially parents with children, to be more aware of their health, and to immediately bring their children for a check-up if they show symptoms of DHF,” he stated.

He also mentioned that various efforts to reduce the number of cases have been carried out, such as larva control, eradication of mosquito breeding sites (PSN), and reduction of Jumantik teams, which conduct routine checks for mosquito breeding sites, including fogging. However, he observes that public awareness to carry out PSN in their respective households is almost non-existent.

Thus, he hopes that the public can play an active role in carrying out PSN both in their homes and community. Moreover, to combat DHF, the agency is collaborating with the World Manguito Program from Australia for the development of olbachia bacteria.

He stated that using Wolbachia bacteria is a new breakthrough in fighting DHF cases in Bali. This bacteria has been researched by Australia and has been applied in 15 countries.

In Indonesia, the use of Wolbachia bacteria has been demonstrated in Klaten, Yogyakarta. After five years of implementation, the DHF cases have been reduced by up to 77 percent. “Wolbachia bacteria is commonly found in insects such as flies. Later, the bacteria will be inserted into the mosquito’s body, and then, the mosquito will be released,” he explained during a socialization event on the use of Wolbachia bacteria at Graha Sewaka Dharma Lumintang Building on Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

He further explained that this bacteria would disable the dengue virus, which is the cause of DHF, in aedes aegypti mosquitoes. The male mosquitoes injected with this bacteria would become impotent, and the eggs hatched by the female mosquitoes would contain this bacteria.

Therefore, even if the mosquitoes bite, the dengue virus would not react. The implementation process would begin with the hatching of mosquito eggs containing the bacteria. Every week, ten million mosquitoes would be released in Denpasar. (Asmara Putera/beritadaribali)