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A Cairns suburb is being sprayed for mosquitoes as health authorities try to confirm if a resident has Zika virus.

Mosquito-control teams are out in force spraying homes in Parramatta Park, following the illness of a resident who became ill following a trip to the Caribbean.

Dr Richard Gair, Director of the Tropical Public Health Service, told Yahoo news that the risk of transmission of the virus was low as the potentially infected resident had presented to their doctor early.  

This early action has enabled most mosquitoes to be eradicated before they themselves could contract the virus – hopefully stopping the virus from spreading further.

If the resident returns a positive test it would be the 14th case of Zika virus in Queensland.

A Bowen resident was diagnosed with Zika virus earlier this week after returning from Tonga.

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  • Another scary dangerous disease. Fingers crossed it doesn’t spread.

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  • This is so scary! Where I live there are mangroves everywhere, so lots and lots of mosquitoes! Terrifying that any of them could carry such a horrendous virus! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Maybe people returning from known “risky areas” should be quarrantined before being allowed to travel any further in Aust.
    I wonder if they could be coming in via luggage at all?

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  • Lke hd

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