Dengue reported in Queensland, Australia

04 June 2019

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A locally-acquired case of dengue fever on 24 May 2019 in the city of Rockhampton, has been reported by the Central Queensland Public Health Unit. The person has reported no overseas travel, nor travel to North Queensland, where dengue outbreaks occasionally occur. Aedes aegypti, a mosquito that transmits dengue, is present in some areas of Rockhampton, but this is the first locally-acquired case of the disease in several decades.

All travellers to regions where dengue occurs are potentially at risk of dengue fever and should be aware of this infection. Prevention relies on avoiding mosquito bites. Aedes mosquitoes are particularly persistent and bite between dawn and dusk.

There is no vaccine against dengue fever licensed for use in the UK. 

For further information on dengue fever, consult fitfortravel (for the general public) and Travax (for health professionals).

Sources: fitfortravel and Travax (both 29 May 2019)