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Big dry in Cairns helps limit dengue fever spread

By Sharnie Kim, Wednesday January 8, 2014 - 09:11 EDT

The weather bureau says it could be some time before there is decent rain for parts of far north Queensland.

The monsoon trough is expected to bring heavier falls for Cape York by the end of the week.

But forecaster Andrew Mostyn says it is likely to remain dry further south around Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands and Cassowary Coast.

"A couple of showers persisting around the area but in terms of rainfall totals it really won't be enough or what we would expect for this time of the year for the wet season," he said.

"So unfortunately we've probably got to wait a little bit longer for the monsoon trough to actually make its way south to give us more decent rain across the north tropical coast and tablelands.

Prepare for return of mosquitoes

Health authorities say dry weather could have helped slow the spread of dengue fever in Cairns.

Four people have contracted the type one strain of the virus since December.

There have been 15 people infected with a separate outbreak of the type three strain in the Port Douglas and Miallo area.

Dr Richard Gair from tropical public health services is urging people to clear their homes of potential mosquito breeding sites before the onset of wetter conditions.

"It has been dry recently and that means there are less breeding sites around for the mosquitoes so lower numbers of mosquitoes," he said.

"But it doesn't mean to say that we can be complacent.

"We only need to get a bit of rain and all the containers around people's houses fill up with water and provide good breeding sites for mosquitoes."


© ABC 2014

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