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Dengue Fever in Australia

10 Jun 2014

A small outbreak of dengue fever has been reported in Charters Towers, 130 km west of Townsville, north Queensland. Cases were first reported in February 2014, and a total of 10 have been confirmed as dengue virus infection. A further 6 suspected cases are under investigation.

Residents are being encouraged to ensure that properties are clear of any containers holding water which could act as breeding sites for mosquitoes.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by covering up with clothing, the use of bite avoidance measures such as repellent and bed nets is advised. Elimination of breeding sites around hotel rooms/houses is advised for longer term stays.