JAKARTA - Indonesia says an outbreak of dengue fever, which has killed 452 people this year, is showing signs of slowing. The Health Ministry says the worst of the outbreak has passed and it expects to bring the disease under control within a few weeks. More than 34,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been recorded since the start of the year.
The death toll is more than double the number at the same time last year. The World Health Organization has said the outbreak is part of a five-year cycle common in tropical countries. There is no vaccine for dengue fever, which causes high fever and haemorrhaging.