Mosquito Warning Ross River Virus Cases on the Increase

Published on Thursday, 25 February 2021 at 10:37:45 AM

Mosquito Warning

Ross River Virus Cases on the Increase

 

A recent increase in the confirmed number of Ross River virus cases in Plantagenet has prompted the Council to remind residents and visitors to actively protect themselves against mosquito bites.

 

Warm weather and local rainfall has resulted in favourable conditions for mosquito breeding and a subsequent increase in the risk of mosquito-borne disease transmission.

 

Ross River virus is a mosquito-borne disease which can cause flu-like symptoms and severe aches and pains in muscles and joints of infected people.  The majority of infected people completely recover within a few weeks, but a smaller minority can experience symptoms for many months.

 

There is no vaccine to protect against Ross River virus and as it is impossible to know which mosquito carries the virus, the only sure way to prevent being infected is to avoid being bitten by a mosquito.  Individuals are encouraged to cover up in loose fitting, long, light coloured clothing and use personal repellent when outside, especially around dawn and dusk.  Cleaning up around the home and removing any containers that hold water will also help reduce potential breeding grounds.  Ensuring all insect screening on doors and windows are in good condition will also help prevent mosquitoes entering your house.  

 

For more information please visit Fight the Bite Campaign at www.fightthebite.com.au

 

 

Paul Sheedy

ACTING CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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