Jakarta declares malaria free since March

September 11, 2014 5:47 am 

JAKARTA, Sept. 10 — Jakarta is free of malaria as of March this year, head of the Jakarta Health Office said Tuesday.

"Since March this year, malaria has been eliminated in five municipalities so we can confirm that Jakarta is currently free of malaria," Indonesia's Antara news agency reports Dien Emmawati as saying.

A study conducted by the Health Ministry in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO) reveals mosquito nests were no longer found in the city.

"If a malaria case is reported in Jakarta, the disease would most likely has spread from another city or other places," Dien said.

"For instance, it could be brought by a soldier from Papua who has been infected with malaria," he said. (PNA/Bernama)



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