1. Getting Dengue Fever

Dengue mosquito

SYNOPSIS: People who have been affected by dengue fever or Ross river fever share their story about the experience.

RATIONALE: Dengue fever and Ross River fever affects people living in and visiting tropical areas of the world including North Queensland. People want to know more about this potentially fatal mosquito-transmitted disease and how to prevent infection. People who have been affected by dengue fever have stories to share.

TARGETED STORY CONTRIBUTORS: This story would require victims of mosquito related diseases, researchers and scientists to tell their stories.

HOW TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY: Create awareness of the project through radio announcements, hospitals, universities, health centres, social media networks and internet communities. During the summer season dengue is a hot topic.

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR STORY DEVELOPMENT: This story may require interacting with story contributors in their own home and in areas where mosquitoes may be present, therefore mosquito repellant, appropriate clothing, and a 4WD is required if contributors live in remote areas. For the process of creating a story from idea to finished product please see my storytelling skills page.

DELIVERABLES AND STORY DISTRIBUTION: This story can be displayed on a blog and on social media networks using different types of digital media. Text, image, audio and video media created in the form of viral and liquid content and linking to the ABC Open blog, can be made available for interested and targeted audiences to link and/or embed into their own websites, blogs and social media platforms (such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, etc.) and include maps of dengue hot zones.

TARGETED AUDIENCES: Regional, national and international audiences including travellers to the tropics, school children, health organisations, etc.

ADDITIONAL USER GENERATED CONTENT: Audiences may choose to add their own content to the blog/social network relating to dengue fever, including pictures of mosquito larvae in their area and different ideas for how to prevent being bitten by a dengue mosquito (like wearing light coloured clothing).

SUGGESTED CATEGORIES/KEYWORDS: Science, health, insects, dengue, mosquitoes…

CONTACTS TO POTENTIAL STORY CONTRIBUTORS: Jeff and Pat are a local couple who were affected by and survived dengue fever. They proudly tell me they have mastered sending and receiving emails and that ‘using computers isn’t that scary when you get the hang of it.’ Both are enthusiastic about learning how to creating and upload multimedia stories, especially if they can share stories with friends and family. We talked about dengue mosquitoes and recorded our conversation using the microphone of a camera. Next, I will teach them how to edit their story and prepare it for uploading to the internet.


Jeff and Pat, dengue survivors.

Listen to a raw recording of their story: Getting Bitten excerpt.

INTERESTING LINKS: Recent ABC report, QLD health, wikipedia.


Story idea: Getting Dengue Fever

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Posted: October 8th, 2010
Categories: Story ideas for ABC Open
Comments: 2 Comments.
Comment from Celia Berrell - October 11, 2010 at 9:48 pm

Awareness on issues such as dengue fever is very important for both locals and visitors to our area. Learning of people’s personal stories can be a powerful motivator to inspire us all to remain vigilant.

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