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This mosquito – Aedes aegypti – can spread the dengue, Chikungunya and yellow fever viruses. Paul Zborowski

Explainer: what is dengue fever?

Dengue is caused by four different serotypes (strains) of the dengue virus that can cause mild to severe illness in people, who are infected via mosquito bites. Dengue has been spreading through most urbanised…
All available evidence tells us that more investment is needed in preventive health – not cuts. angelsk

Brace yourself for a fatter, unhealthier Queensland after health promotion cuts

Queensland appears intent on dismantling its public and preventive health services. Health Minister Lawrence Springborg last week outlined the rationale for getting rid of more than 150 jobs in nutrition…
Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announcing job cuts in his department on September 7, 2012. AAP

Censoring public health in Queensland - a dangerous precedent?

Beyond the recent publicity around cuts to health and other portfolios, something deeply disturbing – even sinister – is occurring in Queensland. The state government is implementing health policies on…
Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls delivers what he has called “the most important state budget in a generation”. AAP

Queensland budget 2012: experts respond

The Queensland government will cut 14,000 public sector jobs, hike mining and gaming royalties and increase parking fines…

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