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DENGUE | Three Confirmed And Five Probable Cases

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Central Queensland Public Health Unit has clarified the number of dengue fever cases identified in Rockhampton recently to three confirmed and five probable cases.

Mr Paul Florian, Manager Environmental Health Services, said "national reporting standards require two consecutive positive test results 10-14 days apart to be confirmed, and some probable cases may never be confirmed".  

"We continue to investigate suspected cases and will update the public if further cases are confirmed.

"It is very important that the public gets the right information from a reliable source.

"Central Queensland Public Health Unit and Rockhampton Regional Council have worked well together over the past few weeks to take mosquito control measures to minimise the
spread of the outbreak.

"More than 580 properties have been inspected and sprayed. Aedes aegypti (dengue-transmitting) mosquitoes have been found at 47 of those properties.

"Home owners right across Rockhampton can play their part by keeping their yards free of stagnant water to stop mosquitoes from breeding.

"Avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by using repellents, mosquito coils (in ventilated areas) and plug-in repellent devices. Wear long-sleeved clothes and cover your feet.

"Dengue mosquitoes live and breed around domestic premises and bite during the day.

"Symptoms of dengue fever include sudden onset of fever, extreme tiredness, intense headache, muscle and joint pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain,
rash, minor bleeding from the nose or gums and/or heavy menstrual periods. They can range from mild to severe.

"Anyone with these symptoms should see their GP to discuss the need for a dengue fever test" Mr Florian said.  

Dengue numbers are available here.