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Dengue Fever Raises Its Ugly Head in Far North Queensland

by Savitha C Muppala on March 11, 2011 at 9:08 PM
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 Dengue Fever Raises Its Ugly Head in Far North Queensland

Queensland health authorities have embarked on a massive mosquito controlling drive following the identification of 53 cases of dengue fever in Innisfail, a place south of Cairns in  north Queensland.

Out of the 53 cases, 45 are Type 2 dengue and eight are type 4.

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Authorities are visiting Innisfail homes to spray insecticides on mosquito breeding spots to control the dengue outbreak.  

Public health medical officer Dr Steven Donohue, said,"In the short-term heavy rain can kill mosquitoes and give us a bit of a reprieve.But this outbreak is not over and we need the cooperation of the community to get rid of anything that's got water in it.When the rain settles down those dengue mosquitoes can breed up again and we could have another round of a very nasty outbreak. This dengue outbreak is now extending across most of the suburbs of Innisfail and it's a very difficult period now because with heavy rain, it means that these mosquitoes will be breeding well into what used to be the dry season."



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