Queensland detects first case of dengue fever in years


The mosquito Aedes Aegypti, responsible for transmitting the dengue virus, isn’t easily detected in most areas of Australia. Only a few isolated incidences have been detected in North Queensland over the years as a result of international travellers returning to the country with the disease.

But last week, the central Queensland city of Rockhampton confirmed what might be the first dengue fever case in decades. Efforts are now under way to identify if there are more infected mosquitoes or people who may have been exposed to its bites.

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