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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Australia : Dengue outbreak fears

An article from Townsville Bulletin :

" TOWNSVILLE could be facing a widespread outbreak of dengue fever this wet season, health experts warn.

Residents have been warned to take responsibility for their own backyards and ensure they are not harbouring breeding sites for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which carries the disease.

The Queensland Health warning follows the confirmation of three locally-acquired cases in the same household in Railway Estate yesterday, with fears recent rainfall and the fast-approaching wet season could see more residents contract the virus.

The latest type 2 cases are believed to be a continuation of an outbreak which started in Hermit Park in June which resulted in 10 type 2 cases diagnosed, the most recent just last month."

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