Dengue fever case in Queensland

19 June 2012 09:14

There is a search for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes following a case of dengue fever in Queensldand

There is a search for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes following a case of dengue fever in Queensldand

There has been confirmation of a case of dengue fever in Emerald, Queensland, but the local health body has said that there have not been any cases where the disease was contracted locally.

Environmental Health expert Paul Florian said this one case was "not an outbreak", with no locally acquired cases and a low risk of local transmission of the disease.

An Emerald resident who had recently returned from a trip abroad tested positive for dengue fever, and Queensland Health is searching for Aedes aegypti mosquitoes - which was known to have been in Emerald - across the region.

Florian said it was important that empty containers and water carrying items should be removed from the home "to prevent mosquito breeding", although numbers of the mosquito had recently been found to be "low". He stated that dengue mosquito "like to live and breed around homes and workplaces, especially in containers and other items that can hold water".

Florian stated that the "high number" of people who travel overseas from Queensland means that imported dengue fever is "not uncommon".

Cases such as this one show the importance of pre-existing medical travel insurance for those travelling abroad with a medical condition.

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