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    Dengue fever case in Rockhampton prompts full outbreak response after it was acquired locally
    By Ashleigh Stevenson and staff
    Updated 41 minutes ago

    A full outbreak response is being enacted in Rockhampton after confirmation of the first locally acquired case of dengue fever in the region in decades.
    Key points

    Officials will be doorknocking residents in the area of the case today to warn them to take precautions
    It is the first time in decades dengue fever has been acquired locally in the central Queensland region
    Dengue fever symptoms can range from fever, intense headaches, vomiting to diarrhoea

    Rockhampton Regional Council and Central Queensland Public Health Unit officials will today doorknock residents near the patient's home to warn locals to take precautions...

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    Rockhampton Dengue Case
    24 May 2019

    Please attribute the below to Dr Gulam Khandaker, Director Central Queensland Public Health Unit.

    Queensland Health has been notified of the first locally acquired case of dengue fever in Rockhampton in decades.

    A full outbreak response is being enacted by the Central Queensland Public Health Unit, in partnership with Rockhampton Regional Council.

    The individual has no history of overseas travel or travel to North Queensland, where dengue outbreaks are known to occur.

    It is known that Aedes aegypti, a mosquito capable of transmitting dengue, is present in some areas of Rockhampton however as mosquito numbers are small and located in areas with low population density, locally acquired cases do not usually occur.

    Rockhampton Regional Council and Central Queensland Public Health Unit will doorknock residents near the individualís home from today.

    Queensland Health has comprehensive dengue management plans to manage cases and outbreaks of dengue.

    Typical symptoms of dengue fever can 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.

    Symptoms can range from mild to severe.

    Anyone with these symptoms should see their GP immediately to discuss the need for a dengue fever test.

    The dengue virus does not spread directly from person to person.

    The best protection against mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

    There are a number of methods in which resident can protect themselves including using mosquito coils or plug-in mosquito repellent devices inside. Screen living and sleeping areas. Wear long-sleeved, light-coloured clothing, and cover your feet. Use insect repellent containing DEET (diethyl toluamide) or picaridin and reapply according to the label.

    The mosquito that transmits dengue lives and breeds around domestic premises and bites during the day.

    More information on dengue fever is available on the Queensland Health website or by calling 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).
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      Dengue fever: Six more cases confirmed in Queensland city
      Digital Staff
      Friday, 31 May 2019 2:16 am

      Six more cases of Dengue fever have been confirmed in a central Queensland city, bringing to seven the number of patients who have contracted the illness.

      Health authorities issued an alert last week, following what was thought to be the first case of locally acquired Dengue fever in decades.

      It prompted a door-to-door response and crews are continuing to spray homes, in the northern suburbs of Rockhampton, to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes...


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        Dengue fever outbreak in Rockhampton
        Tuesday 11 June 2019 7:52AM (view full episode)

        For the first time in decades, dengue fever has returned to central Queensland.

        Up to 10 cases of the potentially deadly disease have emerged in Rockhampton over the past fortnight, and authorities are working to contain the outbreak...