Brace yourselves: a new mosquito plague is coming to Australia

Australians are lucky enough to enjoy some of the most pleasant summers in the world. But for many communities, they

Australians are lucky enough to enjoy some of the most pleasant summers in the world. But for many communities, they come with a serious downside: mosquito outbreaks. This year the mozzies will be coming in larger numbers – and earlier than expected.

Experts have warned that mosquito outbreaks could be worse than usual this summer across South-East Queensland, Victoria, NSW and South Australia.

News.com.au reports that recent heavy rains and flooding are to blame for new public health concerns. Flood-affected Victorian areas are particularly at risk, with many communities introducing major mosquito risk management plans.

The health risks of mosquito outbreaks are well known, from Ross River and Dengue Fever to the devastating Murray Valley encephalitis, which kills one quarter of those who contract it.

The Department of Health says risks of these new mosquitos carrying Murray Valley encephalitis are low (the last recorded case was in 1974). However, the Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses remain significant concerns.

“We are starting our efforts to control mosquitoes early this year as heavy rain has provided perfect breeding conditions,” said Victoria’s chief health officer Charles Guest.

“There are simple and inexpensive steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

The Victoria Department of Health advises long, loose-fitting outfits rather than tight clothing, which can prevent mosquitos biting through to the skin.

It’s also vital to avoid unnecessary water puddles in the backyard – taking away the biggest potential mosquito breeding ground.

The department also advises installing flywire screens if you don’t already have them in place.

South Australia and Queensland experts have advised similar caution.

Pat Dale, a mosquito management expert at Griffith University, recently advised Nine News viewers to using repellants with DEET or diethyltoluamide, rather than citronella candles, which are only affected in the short-term.

What’s the worst mozzie outbreak you’ve experienced? Have you taken steps against the health risks coming this summer?

  1. Heather Margaret  

    We use MooGoo Tail Swat, all natural product and safe for all your body including your face. Also can be used on babies and small children. Purchased from some chemists and health food stores. Check it out on their website.
    http://www.moogoo.com.au

  2. Rob Chapman  

    Don’t you mean “effective in the short term”, not “affected” ?

  3. Anne Zerafa  

    Stupid Man Alan….Have you got a brain…You’re a migrant you Fool…

  4. Yes mosquito bites happening, using white vinegar on the bites. They are lurking around my garage and back verandah, any suggestions to keep them away.

  5. robert goyne  

    ross river virus is a recordable disease so they dont like to test for it in tassie they just tell you that you have arthritis even if you have a blood test it wont be looked for unless you insist ..nasty virus never goes away and i believe besides remmissions that you can be re infected

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