Second dengue strain prompts health fears

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Health authorities are very much concerned about the outbreak of a second strain of dengue fever in north Queensland. Queensland Health (QH) says the dengue fever strains one and three are now circulating in Townsville.

That is of great fear to doctors who say people who have had dengue fever before are at a greater risk of developing potentially fatal complications from a second dose. Until now, 11 people have tested positive to locally-acquired dengue in Townsville.

Queensland Health says tests now show nine of those are dengue one whereas the remaining two are dengue three. Test results from more potential dengue cases are supposed to be known today.

Work is continuing to found if the dengue three strains now circulating is the same as the one that led to an epidemic earlier this year.

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