As of 02.07.09 there are dengue outbreaks in Cairns, Port Douglas, Yarrabah, Injinoo, Innisfail and Mareeba
Cairns: Recent local dengue transmission has taken place in Earlville, Mooroobool and Westcourt.
NOTE: The Townsville dengue type 1 and type 3 outbreak was declared over on 21 May 2009 with a total of 73 confirmed dengue cases (57 type 1 and 16 type 3).
Date outbreaks declared
Cairns: Monday 1 December 2008
Townsville: Monday 5 January 2009
Port Douglas: Friday 6 February 2009
Yarrabah: Thursday 19 February 2009
Injinoo: Tuesday 24 February 2009
Innisfail: Friday 27 February 2009
Mareeba: Friday 6 March 2009
Number of cases (as at 02.07.09)
Cairns: 909 confirmed cases (no known recent transmission* of Dengue type 2)
Port Douglas: 3 confirmed cases (no known recent local transmission*)
Yarrabah: 1 confirmed cases (no known recent local transmission*)
Injinoo: 1 confirmed case (no known recent local transmission*)
Innisfail: 35 confirmed cases
Mareeba:1 confirmed case (no known recent local transmission*)
*Please Note: 'no known recent transmission' means no known confirmed cases of dengue fever have been acquired in that location/suburb for more than one month. However, outbreaks are considered over only when three months have passed since the last case.
Type of dengue*
Cairns: Dengue type 3 (active) and Dengue type 2
Port Douglas: Dengue type 3
Yarrabah: Dengue type 3
Injinoo: Dengue type 3
Innisfail: Dengue type 4 (active)
Mareeba: Dengue type 3
*There are four types of dengue viruses that cause dengue fever worldwide - Dengue 1, 2, 3 and 4. A person infected with one type of dengue will subsequently only be immune to that type. They will not be immune to other types of dengue and will, in fact, be at risk of developing severe symptoms if they contract another type of dengue.
The outbreaks will be declared officially over after three months has elapsed since the last onset of illness date. For current information and management advice visit the Queensland Health Department web site: http://www.health.qld.gov.au/dengue