Chikungunya Mosquito Virus Fears In North QueenslandPosted: June 27, 2013
Health authorities fear a dengue-like mosquito-borne virus could spread through far north Queensland following a massive outbreak in Papua New Guinea.
Since the start of the year, 11 people in Queensland have been diagnosed with chikungunya, which causes fever, rashes and prolonged joint pain.
Ten of the people contracted the virus in PNG where more than 3000 people have been hit by the virus.
Another person was bitten by a mosquito in Indonesia before flying to Queensland.
The majority of the 11 affected are Australian citizens but almost half of them live outside far north Queensland.
Tropical Public Health Services director Dr Richard Gair says the PNG outbreak is recent and could lead to an outbreak in far north Queensland.