An information site for people about Cairns, Australia
Living in Cairns comes with its bonuses, however there are a few negatives and one of these are mosquito-borne diseases.
When living in Cairns, you will be reminded how pesky mosquitoes are. This is not everywhere and primarily due to humidity and wet, however there are going to be times when you have encounters with those nasty blood suckers. Down south this is not such a problem, but in Cairns the mosquitoes carry some nasty diseases. The two most common are dengue fever and Ross River fever.
Dengue fever is an infectious tropical disease, transmitted by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle pain and a skin rash. The symptoms don’t sound too bad, but if you contract dengue and then again later in life, you may regret living in Cairns, as the complication can be severe. I have not met anyone that has contracted it in Cairns, yet there are constant outbreaks around Cairns in the wet season that are made public to keep people aware of its presence.
Ross River fever is also transmitted by mosquitoes and symptoms include fever, fatigue, rash and arthritis like pain. Most people that are afflicted by Ross River report pain in their joints. Again, I have not met anyone that has fallen to this diseases, but you do hear stories and it does have a presence in Cairns.
There are no current vaccines for both of these diseases.
Now, there are a few ways to greatly reduce the chances of you contracting one of these diseases while living in Cairns or visiting Cairns.
1. Use mosquito repellent. This is really a no brainer.
3. It’s also recommended to wear light clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted to darker clothing.
4. Remove standing water whenever you see it if it is not functional . Just don’t forget, poor Buster the dog needs his drink of water, but if you have a dog, just give him one bowl, he doesn’t need several.
If you live in Cairns or are just visiting, be sure to follow these simple steps. Make your time in Cairns a nice one, not one to regret.