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Whitsunday Regional Council is reminding residents to be vigilant in protecting themselves fromdengue mosquitos.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said with all the recent rain we have been having it is worth remindingpeople that preventing the spread of dengue mosquitos at the source is the key to avoiding anoutbreak in our region.
“Dengue mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to breed in,” Mayor Whitney said.
“We’re encouraging residents and businesses to empty all their pot plant trays and containersholding water once a week.
“Residents are reminded to tip out any water in pot plant bases and containers, store items thatcan hold water in a dry spot or undercover, throw out any rubbish lying around and clean out your gutters.
“When outdoors make sure you wear long sleeves, trousers, a hat and use an effective insectrepellent.
“The symptoms of dengue fever include headaches, fevers, aches and pains, nausea, vomitingand, in some cases, can result in death.
“If you start to experience these symptoms see your doctor immediately,” she said.
There were 153 confirmed cases of dengue in Queensland last summer.
For further dengue prevention tips visit your local council’s website www.whistundayrc.qld.gov.au or Queensland Health’s website www.health.qld.gov.au/dengue.
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