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Indonesia: Dengue outbreak hits Balikpapan

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Nurni Sulaiman , The Jakarta Post , Balikpapan | Tue, 01/12/2010 1:01 PM | National

Two people have died and 176 others have been treated in hospital in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan since December 2009 after being infected with dengue fever.

Balikpapan mayoralty health agency head Diyah Muryani said Tuesday the dengue outbreak was already out of control.

She said the agency had encouraged local people and schools to keep their environment clean in order to prevent dengue fever.

Hospitals were obliged to give free treatment to dengue fever patients, she added