Mozzie sea­son has started

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News - Cathy O’Leary

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.

Pic­ture: McClatchy Tri­bune

Pub­lic health agen­cies are gear­ing up for the mos­quito sea­son.

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