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More than 80% of urban Indonesian children ages 10 and above have had dengue infection at least once, according to a first-of-its-kind study.

While the country ranks No. 2 in the world for dengue disease burden, researchers say the government’s data, derived from passive surveillance reports, likely significantly underestimate the disease’s prevalence.

Researchers tested blood serum samples from 3,210 children ages 1 and up over a 2-month period in 2014. Overall, the researchers found, about 13.1% of the study population experiences dengue infection each year.

Source: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

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