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‘Vicious’ dengue takes hold in far north Queensland, Australia

In Dengue Fever on February 21, 2011 at 6:27 am

By Kristy Sexton-McGrath

Updated Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:40am AEDT

Dr Jeffrey Hanna says about half of those diagnosed with the dengue fever outbreak have been hospitalised.

Dr Jeffrey Hanna says about half of those diagnosed with the dengue fever outbreak have been hospitalised. (ABC – file image: Meg Purtell)

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.”

Dr Hanna says residents need to take care.

“The general community should take heed,” he said.

“Minimise the chances of mosquitos breeding in and around your home and if people do develop high fevers, are feeling dreadful, headache, pain around the eyes than that could well be dengue.”

Dr Hanna says the type-two strain may have been brought in from Papua New Guinea.

“It seems to be quite a vicious strain of dengue.

“It’s put around half of the people affected in hospital with sheer exhaustion, feeling totally done in by the viral infection and some have needed intravenous fluids because of dehydration.”

Tags: disasters-and-accidentscyclonesemergency-planninghealthdiseases-and-disordersqldcairns-4870,innisfail-4860townsville-4810

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/02/16/3139932.htm

 

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