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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Australia : 'Vicious' dengue takes hold in far north Qld

Via ABC News :

" Authorities are very concerned about the spread of a "vicious'' strain of dengue fever in far north Queensland.

Twenty people have now been diagnosed with type two dengue at east Innisfail, south of Cairns.
Another five have tested positive for type four dengue.

Dr Jeffrey Hanna from Queensland Health says about half of those diagnosed have been hospitalised.

"The dengue two is certainly a vicious strain of the virus," he said.

"It's still active and another emerging concern for us is in among these pending cases.

"There's a suggestion it may have moved out of east Innisfail into other local suburbs at Innisfail."

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