Fifth dengue case in Australia's Cairns outbreak

20:28, September 27, 2010      

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A fifth Cairns resident was diagnosed with dengue fever on Monday following the declaration of an outbreak of the mosquito borne virus in the Australia's favorite tropical holiday destination in far north Queensland three days ago.

Queensland Health announced on Monday the Parramatta Park resident had tested positive for the type 2 strain of the virus.

It was the fifth confirmed case in the suburb since an outbreak was declared on Friday.

A spokesman for the state health department said they were waiting on the results of tests for another half a dozen patients who had reported dengue-like symptoms.

Dengue fever causes sudden fever, headaches, muscle and joint pains, a rash and in some cases, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Outbreaks of the tropical virus, which is endemic to most of Asia, are relatively common in north Queensland but normally do not occur until after the arrival of the wet season in November or December.

Authorities are concerned the early arrival of the virus could foreshadow a worse than usual season for the virus.

Source: Xinhua


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