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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Australia : New Bali flights pose dengue risks

Via Townsville Bulletin :

" NEW flights to Bali may pave the way for Townsville residents to explore South-East Asia but it has also opened up the region to visitors of a different kind.

Two people have recently returned home from Bali after contracting the potentially deadly dengue fever virus while on holidays.

The news has sparked concern from the Townsville City Council and Queensland Health over the possibility of foreign strains of dengue fever and even other tropical diseases or parasites being brought into the region.

Both organisations have planned discussions with new international carrier Strategic Airlines on how to combat the problem and protect the region from outbreaks.

Australian health authorities issued an alert after 11 cases of Legionnaires' disease were detected in Victorian and Western Australian residents returning from holidays in the Kuta area of Bali between August 2010 and January 2011."

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