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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Australia : Authorities step up dengue outbreak measures

Via ABC News :

" The Queensland Government has joined forces with the Townsville City Council to prevent a repeat of last year's dengue outbreak in the state's north.

More than 1,000 cases of dengue fever were recorded across north Queensland in 2009 and for the first time there was also an outbreak of the disease during this year's winter months.
As part of control measures, dengue patrol teams will check more than 3,500 homes in six Townsville suburbs.

Councillor Dale Last says it is the largest suburban inspection of its kind in Australia.
"The last thing we want in this community is another outbreak of dengue - it's hard to control when you do get an outbreak," he said.

"Dengue is not restricted to the summer months of the year, it can in fact be all-year-round."

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