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Friday, May 20, 2011

Australia : Expert downplays dengue fears

Via ABC News :

" A medical entomologist says it is extremely unlikely mosquitoes capable of carrying dengue fever in the Bundaberg region will lead to an outbreak.

The Bundaberg council has for the first time found the aedes aegypti mosquito in Gin Gin.

James Cook University professor Scott Ritchie says the insects are only capable of transmitting the disease between humans.

"These mosquitoes do not have dengue first and foremost," he said.

"They are not infected with dengue.

"What they could have is if someone arrives in that area with dengue and gets bitten by the mosquitoes, there's the potential for an outbreak."

Professor Ritchie says it is not uncommon to find the insects this far south."

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