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The DKI Provincial Government is preparing to release Wolbachia mosquitoes

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – The DKI Jakarta Provincial Government is still in the preparation stage for releasing the Aedes Aegypti mosquito with Wolbachia in West Jakarta, there is no definite release date yet.

“The first release area is in West Jakarta, specifically in Kembangan District. If all parties are ready, including the community, we will release the mosquitoes,” said Head of the DKI Jakarta Health Service Ani Ruspitawati. on Sunday.

Wolbachia is a natural bacteria found in 60 percent of insects, such as fruit flies and bees. Even though Wolbachia is not found in Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, this bacteria can move into the mosquito’s body and has been proven to reduce the transmission of viruses including dengue fever.

According to the Ministry of Health, Aedes Aegypti contained in Wolbachia can reduce the replication of the dengue fever virus, thereby reducing the ability of mosquitoes to transmit dengue fever.

Ruspitawati said that releasing Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes containing Wolbachia was one of the efforts to control the number of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) cases, in addition to eradicating mosquito nests and other activities carried out by the provincial government.

Until last May, he informed that dengue fever cases in Jakarta had reached 2,900 cases.

He reminded the public to take part in protecting the surrounding environment, one of which is by regularly checking the presence of mosquito larvae or mosquito breeding sites.

As an effort to control and prevent dengue fever, the provincial government refused an immediate fine of IDR 50 million (US$3,000) for residents whose homes were found to contain Aedes Aegypti mosquito larvae.

“This is just an appeal for the public to start paying attention to dealing with dengue fever,” said Acting Governor of DKI Jakarta Heru Budi Hartono.

Referring to DKI Jakarta Regional Regulation Number 6 of 2007 concerning Control of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever, sanctions against residents who violate PSN 3M Plus and houses where Aedes Aegypti larvae are found will be applied in stages.

Starting from a written warning, then a written warning followed by notification to residents by placing stickers on their doors, and a fine of up to IDR 50 million (US$3,000) or imprisonment for a maximum of two months.

Meanwhile, preventing dengue fever is the responsibility of local governments and the community through efforts to eradicate mosquito nests (PSN) 3M Plus, periodic larval inspections (PJB), monitoring the spread of disease, and outreach.

Regarding dengue fever prevention, it will be carried out through epidemiological investigations in the form of tracing cases of dengue fever patients, then case management, mass fogging and case management.

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Translator: Lia Wanadriani S, Resinta Sulistiyandari
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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