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Date posted: 13 January 2012
An estimated one in ten properties at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory (NT) have been found to house dengue mosquito eggs.
The dengue mosquito was not present in the Territory until it was found outside a local sports club in mid-November.
The insects are the only mosquitoes that can carry dengue fever.
But they cannot do so unless they bite someone already infected with the virus.
So far, no Tennant Creek locals are carrying the disease but authorities are worried the eggs could hatch as a traveller suffering dengue fever arrives.
Health Department officers are conducting a control program in the area.
So far, dengue mosquito eggs have been found and eradicated in 75 of nearly 750 properties inspected in the town, about 1,000 kilometres south of Darwin.
Another 350 properties will be inspected in the next few weeks.
This week, seven cases of dengue fever have been reported in Darwin.
Health authorities says the victims had been travelling in South-East Asia.
NT Centre for Disease Control director Dr Vicki Krause says the disease has not been transmitted in the Territory for decades.
Source: ABC News
Centre for Disease Control Policy - Tennant Creek
Tennant Creek NT 0860
Phone Number: (08) 8962 4259
Fax: (08) 8962 4420