La Nina might set off extra mosquitos if Ross River Fever falls in Queensland


Weather forecasters claim a La Niña The weather event is likely to cause more rain in the coming months, creating perfect conditions for more Mozzie hatchlings.

Brisbane City Council opposition leader Jared Cassidy said more needs to be done to stop the biting insects.

Mosquito sucks bloodQueensland is preparing for a swarm of mosquitoes. (iStock)

“We are asking for more resources, more body and more equipment,” he said.

But Councilor Kim Marx said 9News Council would listen to the experts’ advice.

“The Lord Mayor has unlimited budget and resources,” she said.

“If the entomologists say there are more mozzies out there and we need to spray more, we absolutely will.”

As early as this year, 2128 cases of Ross River Fever were recorded, compared to 935 in all of 2019.

Josephine Peat, who lives in Deagon, believes she may have contracted a mosquito-borne disease while caring for her roses earlier this year.

“My fingers and toes were starting to hurt,” she said.

“It felt like they were swollen after I went for a walk, but it was just constant and painful.”

Ross River fever is caused by a viral infection transmitted through mosquito bites.

People who come in contact with known mosquito habitats and live in warm, humid climates near bodies of water are at greatest risk of infection.

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