Dengue fever in Queensland is at a fifty year high with over 900 confirmed infections and one death from the mosquito borne fever this calendar year. Over 15,000 people were infected in the mid-1950s. The disease causes severe headaches and fevers that culminate in an intense rash on the skin and pain in the joints. This outbreak began last year but has been exacerbated by recent floods. Queensland Health said rainwater tanks in urban areas can also lead to the spread of the disease.