Six more cases of dengue fever confirmed in Cairns!

Health authorities say residents need to do their part to help stop the spread of dengue fever, with another six cases confirmed in Cairns.

There are now 17 dengue cases in the Cairns city

Seventeen people have also been diagnosed with dengue fever during a separate outbreak in the Port Douglas region.

The director of Tropical Public Health Services, Dr Richard Gair, says the onset of the wet season will further compound the rise in cases.

“We need to reduce the number of breeding sites around people’s houses and to do that we need to reduce breeding sites, so anything that can provide a breeding site for mosquitoes, anything that holds water such as wheelbarrows, boats, gutters,” he said.

“People need to check that on a weekly basis and get rid of them so there’s no breeding sites.”

He says a response is continuing.

“The dengue action response team will go out to premises where we have confirmed or suspected cases and will treat people’s homes or workplaces in a radius around people’s homes or workplaces to make sure that any possibly infected mosquitoes are killed,” he said.


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