Doctor contracts dengue from needlestick

A junior doctor who contracted dengue fever from a needlestick injury could be just the first, an expert warns, amid a surge in imported cases of the disease.

The 27-year-old Perth doctor became ill in January 2011 after she injured herself while taking blood from a febrile patient who had just returned from Bali.

Describing the case in the Journal of Clinical Virology, the authors said it was the first hospital-acquired case of dengue fever in an Australian healthcare worker.