Rain takes dengue sting

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

HEAVY rain across North Queens­land is pro­vid­ing a tem­po­rary re­prieve from a dengue out­break, but authorities have warned res­i­dents not to be com­pla­cent. Thirty-four cases of the type 2 strain of the dengue virus have been re­ported in In­n­is­fail in re­cent weeks, as well as one re­lated case in Cairns. Authorities say the out­break has been par­tic­u­larly nasty, with many of those in­fected ad­mit­ted to the lo­cal hos­pi­tal and some need­ing to be re­vived by med­i­cal staff. How­ever, Queens­land Health says heavy rain is tem­po­rar­ily killing off num­bers of the Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito, which spreads the virus.

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