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Monday, February 20, 2012

Australia : Townsville child contracts dengue fever

Via Sky News :

" A north Queensland school student has contracted dengue fever, sparking warnings about a possible outbreak of the contagious disease.

Queensland Health confirmed on Monday that a Townsville primary schooler tested positive for the tropical disease last week in the first locally acquired case for the region in 2012.

Queensland Health spokesman Steven Donohue says authorities are concerned about more cases to come.

'This is a very serious situation that could be the start of quite a big outbreak,' Dr Donohue told reporters on Monday."

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