JAKARTA - An outbreak of dengue fever has killed 91 people in six Indonesian provinces since the start of the year. A health ministry official says the densely-populated Java island is the worst hit, with at least 38 people reported dead in East Java province and 17 others in the capital Jakarta. The official says the situation is dire and needs immediate handling.
About 4,500 people in the six provinces have also been admitted to hospital with the mosquito-transmitted disease. The ministry warned the figure could rise once the ministry receives reports from others among Indonesia's 31 provinces. Civil workers in Jakarta have been spraying neighbourhoods with insecticide in an attempt to kill the mosquitoes.