Residents urged to step up dengue defence
Wednesday 16 January 2013
Cairns Regional Council is stepping up its efforts to defend against dengue and is asking residents to do the same.
Cases of dengue fever have now been confirmed in three Cairns suburbs – Mt Sheridan, Whitfield and Parramatta Park.
Council has allocated additional resources to assist Queensland Health in containing the outbreaks of the disease by inspecting properties within close proximity of outbreak areas.
Council staff are authorised to enter unlocked yards of private property in order to identify possible mosquito breeding sites and use insect spray, if necessary.
If an occupant is present at the time, Council staff will seek permission to inspect the property.
Residents are urged to comply with directions from Council staff in relation to the elimination of mosquito breeding sites. Fines can apply for failure to comply.
Members of the public can contribute to the effort to stop dengue spreading by conducting regular inspections of their own yards and by wearing insect repellent.
Residents are also encouraged to speak with neighbours, friends and family to help identify and eliminate potential breeding sites early.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito – known as the dengue mosquito – is most active during the day, rather than in the evenings like other species.
They often hide under lounges, beds or behind curtains and surface sprays should be used in these areas.
Symptoms of dengue fever can include sudden onset of fever, intense headache and pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, skin rash and fatigue.
Anyone who does suspect they may be experiencing symptoms of dengue fever should seek medical attention.
For more information on dengue fever and tips on protecting yourself and your home, visit www.cairns.qld.gov.au or www.health.qld.gov.au/dengue