Residents urged to help
stem dengue outbreak
The number of dengue cases in North Queensland continues to increase, with the Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service still managing two separate dengue fever outbreaks.
Today more cases were confirmed, bringing the total in Cairns to 76, 17 in the Port Douglas area, and a new (single) case in Innisfail.
The Dengue Action Response Team (DART) and council officers are continuing to work with residents to control mosquitoes and minimise the risk of further cases.
Dengue control includes spraying insecticide and removing potential mosquito breeding sites such as water containers The products used by the DART to kill mosquitoes were chosen because of their effectiveness and minimal risk to humans and animals.
Residents are reminded that they play a major role in helping to manage dengue. They can help break the transmission of dengue fever in the area by cooperating with DART activities and following any advice the team members provide. They can also:
People in the areas affected who suspect that they or their child have symptoms of dengue fever should contact a GP straight away.
For more information visit the dengue fever website.