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Queensland Health has been notified of the first locally acquired case of dengue fever in Rockhampton in decades.

Aedes aegypti

A full outbreak response is being enacted by the Central Queensland Public Health Unit, in partnership with Rockhampton Regional Council.

The individual has no history of overseas travel or travel to North Queensland, where dengue outbreaks are known to occur.

It is known that Aedes aegypti, a mosquito capable of transmitting dengue, is present in some areas of Rockhampton however as mosquito numbers are small and located in areas with low population density, locally acquired cases do not usually occur.

Rockhampton Regional Council and Central Queensland Public Health Unit will doorknock residents near the individual’s home from today.

Queensland Health has comprehensive dengue management plans to manage cases and outbreaks of dengue.

Typical symptoms of dengue fever can include sudden onset of fever, extreme tiredness, intense headache, muscle and joint pain, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, rash, minor bleeding from the nose or gums and/or heavy menstrual periods.

Symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Anyone with these symptoms should see their GP immediately to discuss the need for a dengue fever test.

The dengue virus does not spread directly from person to person.