Mozzies tar­geted

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MOS­QUITO num­bers could be dra­mat­i­cally re­duced thanks to the com­bined ef­forts of staff from North Bur­nett and Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil and Queens­land Health.

Of­fi­cers are con­duct­ing house to house sur­veys and pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion to house­hold­ers.

Greg Crisp of the Wide Bay Pub­lic Health Unit urged res­i­dents to empty and wipe out their an­i­mals’ wa­ter con­tain­ers at least once a week.

“As it takes about seven days from egg to lar­vae to mos­quito, emp­ty­ing and wip­ing any lar­vae out of con­tain­ers ev­ery few days is a great pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure,” Mr Crisp said.

While most mos­qui­toes are just an an­noy­ance, cer- tain types can spread dis­eases to hu­mans and an­i­mals.

The most com­mon mos­quito-borne dis­eases in Queens­land are Ross River and Barmah For­est viruses but out­breaks of Dengue Fever have now been re­ported in the Wide Bay Bur­nett re­gion.

Queens­land Health of­fi­cers are col­lect­ing, iden­ti­fy­ing and record­ing mos­quito lar­vae this week.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil has a le­gal re­quire­ment to pre­vent and con­trol the pub­lic health risks as­so­ci­ated with mos­qui­toes.

The last mos­quito sur­vey was done af­ter the floods in 2011. At that time, Aedes ae­gypti mos­qui­toes, known vec­tors of Dengue Fever, were found in all town­ships sur­veyed ex­cept Mt Perry.

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