Dengue outbreak confirmed in Cairns
TWO Mt Sheridan residents struck down with dengue fever are likely to have been infected by the same source.
Tropical Public Health physician Dr Richard Gair said both cases, confirmed on Friday, had been identified as type three dengue.
He has urged people to see a doctor if they are feeling unwell.
"We haven't had any more cases, but we're now confident it's dengue,'' he said.
"They've both been confirmed and both are type three, which means it's most likely from the same source.''
The Dengue Action Response Team will spend all week spraying the suburb.
DART team leader Rod Bellwood said the two confirmed cases had been discovered "a couple of hundred metres apart'' and they had to spray within a 200m radius of each property, but would spread their net wider.
"We're going a bit wider (than 200m) as we're running into people who have said they haven't been feeling too good,'' he said.
Type three dengue is the same type that caused the biggest outbreak in 50 years in 2008-09, with 931 cases detected.
Enough rain has fallen to create pools of stagnant water and recent events such as the solar eclipse have led to travellers from all over the world, including dengue hot spots such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, descending on the region.
Dengue Fever Hotline 1800 DENGUE (336 483).
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Preventive measure: Rob Malone sprays at Mt Sheridan after two dengue fever cases were confirmed in the suburb. Picture: BRENDAN FRANCIS