NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
20th March, 1905 : It has been estimated that, since the outbreak of dengue fever in Brisbane this season, there have been 40,000 cases reported, or one-third of the city’s entire population. One of the theatres had to close on two nights because of the illness of the two leading players. About 70 tramway employees are absent and the Railway Department is suffering in like proportion.
The fever has struck people in all institutions, including banks, newspapers and shops. Fifteen telegraphists are absent from the Brisbane office alone. Dengue is a tropical fever characterised by headaches, severe joint pain and a rash, but it is seldom fatal.
[ Brisbane has tramways no more. Its railways employees now take their leave whenever it suits them; and protected by the union, do not need any silly excuse such as fever. ]