Via ABC News: Big dry in Cairns helps limit dengue fever spread. Excerpt:
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."