Dengue mozzies in Childers

Isis Town and Country - - News -

RES­I­DENTS across the Childers area are be­ing warned to en­sure their prop­er­ties are free of po­ten­tial mos­quito breed­ing sites fol­low­ing the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito in town.

The Aedes ae­gypti mos­quito is able to trans­mit a num­ber of viruses in­clud­ing Dengue Fever, Chikun­gunya and the Zika virus from one in­fected per­son to another.

Coun­cil health and reg­u­la­tory ser­vices spokesman Peter Heuser said the pres­ence of the mos­quito had been iden­ti­fied dur­ing rou­tine in­spec­tions.

“This mos­quito has been iden­ti­fied in the Gin Gin area and it is prob­a­bly not sur­pris­ing that it has turned up in Childers,” Cr Heuser said.

“The Aedes ae­gypti has a limited flight range and has a breed­ing site pref­er­ence for dis­used or poorly main­tained rain wa­ter tanks.

“In the Gin Gin area a coun­cil sur­vey in 2014 found the Aedes ae­gypti num­bers were high in non-com­pli­ant rain­wa­ter wa­ter tanks and al­most non-ex­is­tent in com­pli­ant tanks or yards with no tank at all.”

“The good news is that coun­cil is play­ing an im­por­tant partnership role with Queens­land Health and other par­ties in de­vel­op­ing strate­gies to tar­get the erad­i­ca­tion of this mos­quito from our re­gion and through­out Queens­land,” Cr Heuser said.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers will be un­der­tak­ing fur­ther in­spec­tions to as­cer­tain the preva­lence of the mos­quito in the Childers area.

“Dur­ing the cur­rent un­sea­son­ably high tem­per­a­tures res­i­dents should ob­serve the usual pre­cau­tions re­gard­ing pro­tec­tion against mos­qui­tos.”

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