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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Australia : Expert warns dengue threat may spread

Via ABC News :

" A researcher is warning that the asian tiger mosquito has the potential to make dengue fever a problem in southern parts of Australia.

The species has been found in the Torres Strait but is yet to become established on the Australian mainland.

Medical entomologist Scott Ritchie from James Cook University says environmental changes could make dengue mosquitoes a problem in southern parts of Queensland.

"We could have large outbreaks, even epidemics of dengue in Brisbane, which potentially in the future could even spread further down the coast," he said.

"Obviously the spectre of climate change and global warming makes people think about it even more."

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