ACEH BARAT - Hundreds of residents of the underdistrict of Sungai Mas, in the district of Aceh Barat in the westernmost province of Aceh on Sumatra, have contracted malaria in the last two weeks. Since yesterday, two of them also died. The heavy rains that hit the area in the last month have caused an increase in the spread of the disease.
Those infected with the disease are brought to the Cut Nyak Dien general hospital in Meulaboh for treatment. One of the patiŽnts there said that his village has been hit by an outbreak of malaria some two weeks ago, while it was still ongoing. Because of the large distance between their villages and a local healthcare center, most people choose to stay home instead of traveling that distance to find medical aid. There is no government response on the outbreak yet.