Dengue prevention starts at home

Published: 17 Jan 2022

Residents are being encouraged to clean up around their homes to help prevent the spread of dengue.

Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regional councils have once again joined forces to create awareness around the issue.

The campaign is part of an EHWIM (Environmental Health Whitsunday Isaac and Mackay) initiative.

Mackay Regional Council Mayor Greg Williamson advised residents to familiarise themselves with the warning signs of dengue.

“Last year there were two locally acquired cases of dengue fever in Townsville,” he said.

“The symptoms of dengue fever include headaches, fevers, aches and pains, nausea, vomiting and, in some rare cases, can result in death.

“If you experience any of these symptoms, please see a doctor immediately.”

Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said dengue mosquitoes bred in stagnant water around houses.

“Dengue mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) only breed around homes and in urban areas, not in swamps or creeks,” he said.

“To help prevent a dengue outbreak, it is important to tip out any water in pot plant bases and containers, store items that can hold water in a dry spot or undercover, throw out any rubbish lying around and clean out your gutters.

“Dengue mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to breed in, so it’s important to keep the area around your house clean and free of items where water can accumulate, especially in the wet season.”

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said residents in an area prone to mosquitos should take adequate steps to protect themselves from being bitten.

“When outdoors, make sure you wear long sleeves, trousers, a hat and use an effective insect repellent,” she said.

“Check your window and door screens to ensure they do not have any holes in them to prevent mosquitoes from entering your house.

“You can also spray surface spray at all the entry points to your house to deter insects from entering your house.”

Residents are also being given the opportunity to win one of five $100 Porters Mitre 10 vouchers.

Simply visit mackay.qld.gov.au/dengue if you are a resident living in Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regional council areas and complete the dengue quiz to go into the draw to win. Entries will close at 5pm on Sunday, March 13.

For further dengue prevention tips visit health.qld.gov.au/dengue.