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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Australia : Dengue outbreak

Via Townsville Bulletin, excerpt :

" A DENGUE outbreak has reached more than two dozen cases, with health authorities worried recent rainfall and hot weather will increase the spread of the potentially deadly virus.

There have been 26 cases of dengue type two, mainly recorded in the suburbs of Hermit Park and Mundingburra, with eight new cases confirmed in the last week.

The outbreak began in June, while three unrelated cases of dengue were also confirmed in Railway Estate in October.

The viral disease is spread between people by infected aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Queensland Health Public Health Medical Officer Dr Steven Donohue said residents leaving the city for the Christmas break needed to clean up their yards first.

He urged holidaymakers to remove any empty containers that could be filled by rain and become stagnant when unattended the perfect breeding site for the mosquitoes."

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