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Published On: Thu, Feb 6th, 2014

Australia: Cairns dengue outbreak rises to 59 cases

In a follow up to a story earlier this week, Queensland Health is reporting the dengue outbreak in Cairns has increased by nine cases, according to the latest update dated Feb. 6.

The outbreak in Cairns is up to 59 cases since Dec. 18 of last year. Health officials are reporting the dengue strain in the Cairns outbreak is DENV 1.

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There is no change in the Miallo/Port Douglas outbreak, which remains at 17 cases reported since Oct. 2013. The strain of dengue implicated in this outbreak is DENV 3.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.

Dengue fever of multiple types is found in most countries of the tropics and subtropics particularly during and after rainy season.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

In recent years there have been increased amounts of epidemics in many parts of the world.

There are four types of dengue virus: DEN-1, DEN-2, DEN-3 and DEN-4.

People get the dengue virus from the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. It is not contagious from person to person.

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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