Subject: LUSA: Dengue hemorrhagic fever death toll rises to 20

East Timor: Dengue hemorrhagic fever death toll rises to 20

Dili, Feb. 17 (Lusa) - Dengue hemorrhagic fever that broke out in East Timor six weeks ago has already claimed 20 lives, all but one under the age of 14, Dili health officials said Thursday.

Timorese authorities have registered 178 cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever since Jan. 5 and the situation is being monitored by the World Health Organization, which is close to classifying Timor as an endemic dengue zone.

In neighboring Indonesia, the mosquito-borne infectious disease is equally rampant, having killed 120 people out of the 5,500 to have contracted dengue hemorrhagic fever, a more severe and often fatal form of dengue.



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