Ross River virus in­crease

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

MUNDARING Shire has re­ceived an in­crease in re­ported cases of Ross River Virus ( RRV) and other mos­quito-re­lated com­plaints.

RRV is com­mon in WA and typ­i­cal symp­toms are painful and swollen joints, sore mus­cles, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

Se­nior en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cer Martin Shur­lock said the num­ber of re­ported in­ci­dents of RRV in 2017 was al­ready much greater than pre­vi­ous years.

“So far this year we have had 12 re­ported cases of Ross River Virus,” he said.

“By com­par­i­son, the Shire was only made aware of nine cases in to­tal in 2015 and just one case in to­tal in 2016.”

Any­one ex­pe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms of RRV should con­tact their GP or call Health Di­rect on 1800 022 222.

Mr Shur­lock said there were pre­cau­tions peo­ple could take to min­imise the preva­lence of mos­qui­toes around their homes.

“Mos­qui­toes tend to lay their eggs in places con­tain­ing stag­nant wa­ter in­clud­ing stag­nant fish ponds, pot plants, bird baths and old tyres,” he said.

“Emp­ty­ing or chang­ing the wa­ter in th­ese con­tain­ers can help mit­i­gate the num­ber of mos­qui­toes around your house.

“If emp­ty­ing the wa­ter is not pos­si­ble then ap­ply­ing a thin layer of paraf­fin oil to stag­nant wa­ter can pre­vent the sur­vival of mos­quito lar­vae.”

Stop mos­qui­toes breed­ing around your home by fol­low­ing th­ese sim­ple steps:

Empty out or dis­card con­tain­ers and rub­bish that may hold wa­ter

Clean out roof gut­ters to pre­vent wa­ter from pool­ing

Empty, clean and re­fill bird baths, stock troughs and pet wa­ter bowls at least once a week

Keep swim­ming pools prop­erly main­tained and free of de­bris

Empty wad­ing pools at the end of each day

Stock back­yard ponds with fish to eat mos­quito lar­vae

Cover rain­wa­ter and sep­tic tank open­ings, wells or other large wa­ter con­tain­ers with mos­quito- proof mesh

Keep edges of ponds clear of veg­e­ta­tion.

If mos­qui­toes con­tinue to be a prob­lem near prop­erty, con­tact the Shire on 9290 6742. Al­ter­na­tively, call the De­part­ment of Health on 9285 5500.

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