Dengue case con­firmed

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THERE has been a con­firmed case of Dengue in Port Dou­glas, a timely re­minder for all res­i­dents and visi­tors to pro­tect them­selves from mos­qui­tos.

This is the fifth case in the re­gion, with four cases con­firmed re­cently in Miallo.

Cairns Trop­i­cal Pub­lic Health Unit Di­rec­tor Dr Richard Gair said they were wait­ing on fur­ther re­sults to de­ter­mine the type of dengue, and whether it is the same as the Miallo cases.

‘‘If it comes back as type three, it will prob­a­bly be linked to the Miallo cases,’’ he said.

Dr Gair en­cour­ages peo­ple pre­sent­ing with any symt­pons to see a doc­tor straight away. Dengue causes fever with se­vere headaches, mus­cle and joint pains, and may also in­clude have vom­it­ing, di­ar­rhoea or a rash.

The Queens­land Health Dengue Ac­tion Re­sponse Team (DART) is work­ing with Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil of­fi­cers to con­trol Aedes ae­gypti mos­qui­toes in the out­break area.

The dengue mos­quito is an ur­ban mos­quito that feeds dur­ing the day. Avoid mos­qui­toes by us­ing re­pel­lent, wear light coloured cloth­ing, and use mozzie zap­pers and coils around the home. Reg­u­larly check your yard for mos­quito breed­ing sites, es­pe­cially dark places and stand­ing wa­ter.

For more in­for­ma­tion go to www. health. qld. gov. au/ dengue, or fol­low Queens­land Health on Face­book or Twit­ter.

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