Dengue fever

Townsville Bulletin - - NQ Life -

This vi­ral fever is trans­mit­ted by the Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito from hosts in­clud­ing hu­mans, horses, wa­ter birds, pigs and mar­su­pi­als. Symp­toms in­clude sud­den fever with headaches, mus­cle and joint pains, bleed­ing of gums or nose, a rash and in some cases vom­it­ing and di­ar­rhoea. There are four types of dengue fever and pre­vi­ously hav­ing one type does not give im­mu­nity against the oth­ers. The Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito lives only in and around houses. Once an out­break is dis­cov­ered, if breed­ing sites near the ini­tial in­fec­tion are cleared trans­mis­sion of the virus is halted.

Cairns, In­n­is­fail and Townsville have ex­pe­ri­enced out­breaks this year, Queens­land Health re­ports. There were 44 cases in Townsville last year.

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