Dengue cases rise to 13

UPDATED - Dengue cases rise to 16

Tuesday February 10 2015, 9:05am

UPDATED 12:30pm:

Cairns and Hinterland Hospital Health Service has confirmed that three more dengue cases have been confirmed since the below update. 

Two cases have been confirmed in Tully and one case has been confirmed in Al Arish. 






The number of locally acquired dengue cases continues to rise with a 13th case confirmed by Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns).

Transmission of the disease has now been confirmed in Edmonton, Trinity Beach, Mooroobool and Brinsmead.

Director of Tropical Public Health Services (Cairns) Dr Richard Gair said everyone across the Far North should be taking steps to protect themselves from dengue.

“We are urging people across the region to be extra vigilant, as dengue mosquitoes are urban mosquitoes that bite during the day and breed around homes, rather than in swamps or creeks,” he said.

“These confirmed cases show we can’t be complacent and only a small amount of water can make areas perfect breeding grounds for mosquitos.”

Dr Gair said common dengue mosquito breeding sites include buckets, toys, pot plant bases and blocked roof gutters.

“Make sure that any mosquito breeding sites are removed from homes and workplaces as it is much easier to prevent breeding sites from developing than it is to eradicate them once they are established,” he said.

“It is also important use indoor surface spray, mozzie zappers and coils around the house to kill and repel mosquitoes. Protect yourself and your family further by using repellent and wearing light coloured clothing.”

Dengue fever causes fever with severe headaches, muscle and joint pains, and other symptoms may include a rash, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Anyone with dengue like symptoms should go to a doctor immediately and get tested for dengue.

During the last dengue season, 136 people were infected with the mosquito-borne disease in the Cairns area.