Two cases of dengue fever have been reported in locals living in Cairns North.
Dr Richard Gair from Tropical Public Health Services told Omega Health Medical Centre that the two people caught the disease here in Cairns.
So, while staff from the department of health are spraying the area where the dengue was caught, they also want us to make you aware to be aware of mosquitoes.
How to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes
- Use insect repellent and mosquito coils or mozzie zappers around your house.
- Use an insect surface spray in dark hiding places around your home (such as in cupboards, and behind and under furniture).
- Clean your roof gutters, and tip out any containers around your home which contain water. These are places where mosquitoes can breed.
What are the symptoms of dengue
The symptoms of dengue fever usually take between four and five days to develop, but can be up to 12 days.
Symptoms can include:
- High fever
- Headache (often behind the eyes)
- Pain in your muscles, bones or joints
- A foul or metallic taste in your mouth
- A fine rash.
If you believe you might have dengue fever, make an appointment with one of the Cairns doctors at Omega Health Medical Centre on (07) 4032 6752.