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In the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie and the resultant heavy rainfall, Whitsunday Regional Council is urging residents to be vigilant in protecting themselves from dengue mosquitos.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said while the priority for the Whitsunday Disaster Coordination Centre was working with all agencies to restore essential services it was important to remind people to be vigilant against dengue mosquitoes.
“As our community takes the first steps on the road to recovery it is important to be wary of secondary problems that have the potential to strike.
“Preventing the spread of dengue mosquitos at the source is the key to avoiding an outbreak in our region.
“Dengue mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to breed in so we are encouraging residents and businesses to check your yards and empty any containers holding,” he said.
“When outdoors make sure you wear long sleeves, trousers, a hat and use an effective insect repellent.
“The symptoms of dengue fever include headaches, fevers, aches and pains, nausea, vomiting and, in some cases, can result in death.
“If you start to experience these symptoms see your doctor immediately,” he said.
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.