Dengue Get the facts
Dengue fever is a viral illness spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and there are four types of the dengue virus that cause dengue fever. Catching different types of the dengue virus can increase the risk of developing severe dengue fever. Severe dengue causes bleeding, shock and can be life threatening.
Precautions against Dengue mosquitoes are necessary in the daytime as well as night time. Queensland Health recommend that you try to cover as much exposed skin as possible, including wearing light coloured long-sleeved shirts and long pants and use insect repellents and apply according to the product label. Stay and sleep in screened-in or air-conditioned rooms where possible or use bed nets if you cannot keep mosquitoes outside.
The most effective mosquito repellents contain Diethyl Toluamide (DEET) or Picaridin. If you use both sunscreen and insect repellent, apply the sunscreen first and then the repellent.
A Dengue fact sheet is available on the Queensland Health website.
The community is encouraged to utilise Council’s ‘To Do List’ to reduce breeding sites around the home. The ‘To Do List’ is available on Council website.