First case of Zika virus confirmed in Chicago The Oonoonba local, who recently returned to Townsville from overseas, was suspected of being infected with Zika or dengue fever. A Zika test was sent to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, which showed a positive result.
There is a low chance of Zika virus being established in Townsville mosquitoes after inconclusive test results from a patient thought to have been infected, health authorities say. The Oonoonba local, who recently returned to Townsville from overseas, was suspected of being infected with Zika or dengue fever.
Queensland Health authorities are undertaking a second mosquito control response, after a Townsville resident returned to North Queensland with symptoms of Zika. While all cases in Queensland - with this being the ninth case - have been imported, authorities have begun pest control spraying in areas where a positive case is returned where the mosquito which carries the virus, the Aedes aegypti, is also present.
OONOONBA will be transformed into a disaster zone next week in one of the largest ever simulated emergency exercises conducted in the city. Exercise "Trojan Horse" will bring staff and volunteers from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, police, ambulance, Queensland Rail, Ergon Energy, Queensland Health, Townsville City Council and the Australian Defence Force together to respond to a simulated catastrophic event.