WHO warns Jakarta to monitor for dengue after flooding

Jakarta was recently warned by the World Health Organization to begin monitoring cases of water-borne communicable diseases among flood-affected victims to avert a more serious health crisis.

Jakarta quickly set up 60 emergency health posts after intense flooding on Thursday, which the WHO praised. The organization, however, cautioned city officials to ensure that access to clean water and essential medicines is available to stem possible outbreaks of dengue fever or other disease, reports.

"Floods do not necessarily lead to an immediate major increase in mosquito numbers, however it is important to track weekly case numbers and provide laboratory-based diagnosis to pick up the early stages of an epidemic," WHO representative to Indonesia Khanchit Limpakarnjanarat said, reports.

The floods displaced 18,000 people from their homes and killed at least 17 on Thursday. Approximately 8,000 people were reported to have complained of flood-related illnesses as of Friday, including coughs and colds, muscle aches and skin rashes.

"It is highly important to inform people that they have to seek medical help or go to the nearest clinic as soon as possible when they or someone around them develops any symptoms like a fever, cough, diarrhea, red eyes, or jaundice," Limpakarnjanarat said, according to

Flood waters had receded in most areas as of Sunday, but were still prevalent in Grogol in West Jakarta, Prapanca in South Jakarta and Pluit in North Jakarta.