11 Feb 2016

Papua regency makes declaration over dengue

1:24 pm on 11 February 2016

A regency in Indonesia's Papua province has declared a state of emergency over a dengue outbreak.

The Jakarta Post reports that the declaration by the administration in Mappi regency came after 12 local people tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease since November.

The Papua provincial administration's health agency head Aloisius Giay said it is the first time for the regency to record dengue.

Mosquito, Papua New Guinea.

Mosquito, Papua New Guinea. Photo: RNZ / Johnny Blades

Mr Giay said the administration's health agency had dispatched medicines and mosquito fogging equipment to Mappi and prepared health workers for deployment.

While Mappi is the only regency to declare an emergency situation over dengue, six Papua regencies and municipalities, namely Biak, Boven Digoel, Jayapura City, Jayapura regency, Keerom and Merauke, had been declared dengue endemic areas.

Most of these regencies are close to the border with Papua New Guinea.