The outbreak of hepatitis A affecting hundreds of residents of Depok in West Java may have spread to other areas, according to the Health Ministry, which has urged residents in its neighbouring cities in Greater Jakarta to increase awareness about the potential of being affected.
The ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Anung Sugihantono, said both the residents and the city administrations around Depok, especially in Jakarta; Bogor and Bekasi in West Java; and South Tangerang, Banten, should be aware of the spread of the virus.
The ministry has sent a letter to the health agencies in each area surrounding Depok as an early warning of the potential spread.
“We have also established an alert system in Bogor to be able to see and interpret the signs or symptoms from the community regarding cases of hepatitis A,” Anung said recently, as quoted by tempo.co.
He explained that the disease outbreak started from a school official at SMP 20 state junior high school in Depok as the first carrier.