Mozzie season has started
People living in Perth and the South West are being warned to guard against mosquito bites after health authorities signalled the mosquito season had officially started.
The WA Health Department said residents and travellers needed to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites in the coming months because the first cases of disease activity for the 2017-18 mosquito season had been reported.
Managing scientist of environmental health hazards Mike Lindsay said the department’s mosquito and virus surveillance program had detected Barmah Forest virus for the first time this season in the South West.
“The detection coincides with rises in mosquito numbers in South West coastal areas linked to the recent warmer spring weather,” Dr Lindsay said.
“Notifications of Ross River virus have also been relatively high in recent weeks in the Perth metropolitan area, indicating that the virus is active.”
BFV is similar to RRV but generally less severe. Symptoms include painful or swollen joints, sore muscles, skin rashes, fever, fatigue and headaches.
Public health agencies are gearing up for the mosquito season.