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Published On: Mon, Feb 3rd, 2014

Queensland Health battles two dengue outbreaks

Queensland Health is reporting two dengue fever outbreaks in the Cairns and Port Douglas areas, according to a recent press release.

Female Aedes aegypti mosquito Image/James Gathany

Female Aedes aegypti mosquito
Image/James Gathany

With the addition of four newly confirmed cases, Cairns is now reporting 50 cases, while Port Douglas is reporting 17.

Health officials are working with residents to get the mosquito population under control. This includes mosquito spraying and removing mosquito breeding areas.

Health officials offer the following tips to break the transmission of dengue:

  • Tip out any water that is pooled in things like pot plant bases, plastic containers or tarpaulins
  • Store anything that can hold water in a dry place or undercover, including tyres, gardening equipment, toys, buckets, trailers or boats
  • Throw out any rubbish lying around your yard like leaves in gutters, old palm fronds and unused containers or tires

Dengue fever is an infectious disease carried by mosquitoes and caused by any of four related dengue viruses. This disease used to be called “break-bone fever” because it sometimes causes severe joint and muscle pain that feels like bones are breaking.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates there may be 50–100 million dengue infections worldwide every year. However, new research from the University of Oxford and the Wellcome Trust, using cartographic approaches, estimate there to be 390 million dengue infections per year worldwide.

There are three types of dengue fever in order of less severe to most: the typical uncomplicated dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHS) and dengue shock syndrome (DSS).

There is not a vaccine for dengue fever. There is no treatment for dengue, just treat the symptoms.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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  1. Australia: Cairns dengue outbreak rises to 59 cases - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] a follow up to a story earlier this week, Queensland Health is reporting the dengue outbreak in Cairns has increased by nine cases, […]

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