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At least five people have died because of a dengue outbreak in the first months of the year in East Timor, with over 500 cases recorded in a national hospital in Dili, according to the Timorese press.
Citing data from the Guido Valadares national hospital, the newspaper Independente said that 532 cases have been recorded since the beginning of the year, three times more than the same period in previous years.
The newspaper said that the largest number of cases have been in the municipality of Dili, although there are many cases in the Liquiçá areas, west of the capital, and in the Oecusse-Ambeno enclave.
A longer than normal rainy season is seen as one of the reasons for the outbreak of this viral disease that is transmitted by mosquito bites.
Timorese specialists said that the total number of dengue cases is actually much higher, with a lot of victims not resorting to hospitals and health centres.
This week, the matter was mentioned with concern by members of the national parliament.Source: Lusa