Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Ben Smith

COCK­BURN residents have been urged to stay vig­i­lant and pro­tect against mosquito bites af­ter health of­fi­cials found ev­i­dence of Ross River virus in the local in­sect pop­u­la­tion.

Depart­ment of Health and PathWest of­fi­cials de­tected mosquitoes with the virus in sam­ples col­lected by the City of Cock­burn at Thom­sons Lake in Mun­ster.

The virus has been de­tected at a num­ber of other sites within the greater Peel re­gion re­cently, in­clud­ing the City of Rock­ing­ham.

Th­ese de­tec­tions are con­sid­ered out of the or­di­nary as mosquito num­bers and virus ac­tiv­ity are typ­i­cally re­duced dur­ing win­ter.

City of Cock­burn en­vi­ron­men­tal health ser­vices man­ager Nick Jones said peo­ple should start think­ing about ways to guard against the threat of mosquito bites.

“The only way to pre­vent be­ing in­fected with a mosquito-borne dis­ease, such as

Ross River virus, is to avoid be­ing bit­ten in the first place,” he said.

The City’s en­vi­ron­men­tal health depart­ment has ad­vised peo­ple take mea­sures such as wear­ing long, loose-fit­ting, light-coloured cloth­ing, ap­ply in­sect re­pel­lent, screen all doors and win­dows, and cover wa­ter hold­ing con­tain­ers.

They will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the mosquito pop­u­la­tion and treat lo­ca­tions where the pests are likely to breed.

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