Zika: Qld Health spraying a second site

QUEENSLAND Health authorities are undertaking a second mosquito control response, after a Townsville resident returned to North Queensland with symptoms of Zika.

While all cases in Queensland - with this being the ninth case - have been imported, authorities have begun pest control spraying in areas where a positive case is returned where the mosquito which carries the virus, the Aedes aegypti, is also present.

The first of those cases occurred on Wednesday, when a Rockhampton fly-in fly-out worker returned from South America. 

Authorities began a similar response in Oonoonba in Townsville on Friday afternoon, after a recently travelled resident began showing symptoms of either Dengue Fever or Zika virus. Chances of infection in this case are thought to be quite low, with the person assuring authorities he was only in the area for a few days.

Zika is spread through the Dengue mosquito, the Aedes aegypti, through its bite. It only needs to feed off an infected person to become infected itself and pass it on to other humans, which is why authorities have launched public health spraying responses in areas where both an infected person and the mosquitoes are present.


Topics:  zika virus

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