The expected summer time growth in mosquito populations may imply an elevated threat of illness within the South Coast Register

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Shoalhaven City Council is warning residents to reduce mosquito breeding grounds around the home to counter the likely boom in mosquito population due to the higher rainfall forecast and the flood expected before the summer holidays begin. Mosquitoes can transmit a number of serious human diseases, including Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, and the potentially deadly Murray Valley encephalitis virus. In recent years, rates of these diseases in NSW have been low due to the dry weather. Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said mosquitoes need water to reproduce. Emptying water containers in the backyards at least once a week can help reduce mosquito populations. Read More “NSW Health recommends avoiding mosquito bites as the most effective control measure to reduce the risk of the diseases they transmit. In NSW, most mosquitoes become active at dusk and into the evening.” To avoid stitches, especially during these peak periods. When outdoors, cover with loose-fitting long-sleeved shirts and long trousers and apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin. “It is also recommended that screens on windows and doors be removed and potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” she said. For more health advice, see the NSW Health fact sheet. We rely on subscription income to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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December 3, 2020 – 8:17 a.m.

Shoalhaven City Council is warning residents to reduce mosquito breeding grounds around the home to counter the likely boom in mosquito population due to the higher rainfall forecast and the flood expected before the summer holidays begin.

Mosquitoes can transmit a number of serious human diseases, including Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, and the potentially deadly Murray Valley encephalitis virus.

In recent years, rates of these diseases in NSW have been low due to the dry weather.

Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley said mosquitoes need water to reproduce. So emptying water containers in the backyards at least once a week can help reduce the mosquito population.

“NSW does not have a government mosquito control program, so in Shoalhaven it is important that community members help limit habitats for mosquito breeding during the predicted humid summer,” said Cr Findley.

ACTION: Emptying water containers in backyards at least once a week can reduce mosquito populations.

“NSW Health recommends avoiding mosquito bites as the most effective control measure to reduce the risk of the diseases they transmit. In NSW, most mosquitoes become active at dusk and into the evening.

“To avoid bites, especially at peak times, wear a loose-fitting long-sleeved shirt and long trousers outdoors and apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin.

“It is also recommended that screens on windows and doors be removed and potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes,” she said.

We rely on subscription income to support our journalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already a subscriber, thank you for your support.

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