Since Dec. 11, 2014, two areas in northern Queensland have seen fifty dengue fever cases, according to data released by Queensland Health.


Currently, 14 cases have been reported from Cairns, while 36 have been seen in Tully and El Arish.

The most recent cases were confirmed this week in Innisfail and the Cairns suburb of Edmonton.

All the cases to date have been Dengue serotype 1, health officials note.

Health officials advise the public to protect themselves by following the listed recommendations: Empty the water from containers around your home and yard so dengue mosquitoes can’t breed. This includes pot plant bases, tires, buckets and kids toys; Use insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin, particularly during daylight hours when the dengue mosquito is most active; Use plug-in mosquito repellent devices; Spray insect surface spray around your home in dark places where the dengue mosquito likes to hide, such as under furniture, inside cupboards and behind curtains and If you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of dengue apply insect repellent to stop the dengue mosquito biting, and see a doctor immediately.