Feeding mosquito with human blood
Feeding mosquito with human blood

BE VIGILANT: The mozzies are coming, Gympie

SUMMER is approaching, and the expected wet and warm weather is likely to lead to an

increase in mosquito numbers in the Gympie region.

Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service Public Health Physician Dr Rosie Muller is

concerned about the potential increase in mosquitoes and the health of Sunshine Coast and

Gympie residents.

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“Mosquitoes can infect people with Ross River Virus or Barmah Forest Virus when they bite,”

Dr Muller said.

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“These viruses can cause mild to severe illness with symptoms including fever, tiredness,

and joint or muscle pain.

“It’s very important to protect yourself and family from mosquito bites and to prevent

mosquito breeding by inspecting your home and yard for standing water which can serve as

mosquito breeding sites.

PROTECT AGAINST THE MOZZIES:
PROTECT AGAINST THE MOZZIES:

Use an insect repellent than contains DEET or picaridin. Read and follow all

directions and precautions on the mosquito repellent product label, especially

for infants.

The following are simple things that can be done to prevent mosquitoes and mosquito-borne

disease:

  • Remain vigilant at all times of the day (because different disease-carrying

mosquitoes can bite at different times) but especially at dawn and dusk on the

Sunshine Coast.

  • Wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing.
  • Use an insect repellent than contains DEET or picaridin. Read and follow all

directions and precautions on the mosquito repellent product label, especially

for infants.

  • Empty any containers holding water around the house and worksite weekly.
  • Install and maintain insect screens on all doors, windows and rainwater tanks.

Under the Public Health Act 2005, you could be fined by your local council if your home or

yard promotes the breeding of mosquitoes.

For more information visit:

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/all/prevention/mosquito-borne/index.html

Mosquito feeding on the finger,macro 3:1 life size ratio.
Mosquito feeding on the finger,macro 3:1 life size ratio.
Gympie Times


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