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Dengue outbreaks

Current outbreaks

LocationType Confirmed cases Date declared HHS

3 Confirmed local cases (two cases with dengue type unspecified).

Note: Two of the three cases were diagnosed retrospectively. All cases had resided in the same area and acquired their infection around the same time.

05 June 2018Cairns and Hinterland

Closed outbreaks

LocationType Confirmed cases Date declared Date closed HHS
Cairns1221 February 201712 May 2017Cairns and Hinterland
Innisfail161 February 201725 May 2017Cairns and Hinterland
Masig (Yorke) Island1131 March 201721 June 2017Torres and Cape

Dengue outbreaks can occur annually in north Queensland and residents need to be vigilant to ensure dengue mosquitoes are not breeding on their property.

In recent years dengue outbreaks have been confined to northern Queensland. Over the past 10 years large outbreaks have occurred in the Torres Strait, Cairns, Mossman, Innisfail, Tully, Townsville and Charters Towers.

Outbreaks are closed three months after the onset date of the last confirmed case.

Contact your local public health unit for information about previous outbreaks.

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Last updated: 25 June 2018