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.