Dengue case confirmed
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.