Dengue Fever

Dengue Fever is transmitted to people by the bite of an infected Stegomyia aegypti (formerly known as Aedes aegypti) mosquito.  The virus is not directly contagious and cannot be spread directly from person to person.

The Dengue mosquito is a domestic species that primarily breeds in still fresh water in and around houses, businesses and yards - in containers such as buckets, tyres, roof guttering, tarpaulins, boats, coconut shells, fallen palm fronds, children's toys, etc. 

Note: it does NOT breed in swamps, rivers, open drains, creeks or mangroves.  For this reason, fogging is ineffective as a control measure for Dengue mosquitoes.

Council's Vector Control team educates householders to remove potential breeding sites around their properties and works closely with Queensland Health in the event of a suspected Dengue Fever outbreak.

Delegated Queensland Health and Council officers have the jurisdiction to enter a property to assess whether there are Dengue mosquitoes breeding on that site.

To find out more about Dengue Fever, including how to reduce the risk, symptoms and outbreak status, visit the Queensland Health Dengue website.

Defend against Dengue in your backyard

All residents can join in the battle to stop the spread of dengue fever before it starts – look after your own backyard and protect yourself against bites.

Mosquitoes carrying dengue fever live around and inside homes.  They can breed in the smallest amounts of water – such as in a palm frond or a pot plant base. Be vigilant and tip out any water that gathers around your home, and wear insect repellent during the day.

If you suspect you have dengue (symptoms include high fever, nausea, severe headaches and sore joints), apply repellent and seek medical attention immediately.

Eliminate Dengue

Eliminate Dengue is an international research program developing a new and natural approach to control the spread of dengue fever.  With community support, world-first trials of the Wolbachia control method are being carried out in the Cairns region. Read more at

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Last updated: 05 February 2015