A full outbreak reaction is being carried out in Rockhampton after confirmation of the first locally acquired case of dengue fever in the region in decades.
- Officials will knock residents in the area today to warn them to take precautions
- It is the first time in decades that dengue fever has been acquired locally in the central Queensland region
- Dengue fever symptoms can range from fever, intense headache, vomiting to diarrhea
Today, Rockhampton Regional Council and Central Queensland Public Health Unit officials will knock residents close to the patient's home to alert the locals to take precautions.
Mayor Margaret Strelow said the municipal staff would work closely with the health authorities.
"They will start with the case house, the affected house and then work in concentric circles, that's the expectation," Mrs. Strelow said.
"Other details that I really can't release. As I understand it, you don't need large numbers of mosquitoes to get a case – which is probably the biggest frustration in this – but it's certainly the first, in our opinion, local acquired business. "
The director of the Central Queensland Public Health Unit Dr. Gulam Khandaker said the person was bitten by a local Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is able to transmit the disease.
"The individual has no history of overseas travel or trips to northern Queensland, where outbreaks of dengue fever occur," said Dr. Khandaker.
"[The[The[De[TheAedes aegypti mosquito]is present in some areas of Rockhampton, but because mosquito numbers are small and located in areas with a low population density, locally acquired cases do not usually occur.
"Queensland Health has extensive dengue management plans to deal with dengue cases and outbreaks."
Dr. Khandaker said that dengue fever symptoms can range from mild to severe.
"Typical symptoms of dengue fever can be: sudden onset of fever, extreme tiredness, severe headache, muscle and joint pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, skin rash, slight bleeding from the nose or gums and / or heavy menstruation ," he said.
"Anyone with these symptoms should go to the doctor immediately to discuss the need for a dengue test.
"The dengue virus does not spread directly from person to person.
"The best protection against mosquito-borne diseases, such as dengue, is to prevent you from being bitten by mosquitoes."
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