Goomeri dengue threat

A HOUSE-to-house search is underway for wild creatures currently stalking the people of Goomeri.

But the creatures are not large ferocious monsters.

Tiny but extremely dangerous, the creatures being sought are a group of mosquitoes and the debilitating virus they carry, a virus which causes the serious and occasionally fatal disease, dengue fever.

A report to Gympie Regional Council this week says council’s environmental health officer has been searching house-to-house to determine if the mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti, are still living and breeding in the area.

The mosquitoes were found in 10 of the 90 premises inspected recently, according to the report, which was presented to council by Community and Economic Development Committee chairman Tony Perrett.

“Council officers provided an information sheet detailing where dengue mosquitoes breed, how they transmit dengue and the symptoms,” Cr Perrett said.

The program will continue with planned inspections in October by council and Queensland Health officers.

From then, Cr Perrett said property inspections would continue on a monthly basis for about six months to attempt to eradicate the mosquito.

Experts say eradication of the mosquito, which mostly bites during the day or early evening, is the best way of controlling the disease.

Gympie Times

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