On look­out for Childers mozzies

Isis Town and Country - - News -

BUND­ABERG Re­gional Coun­cil has ap­proved a mos­quito in­spec­tion pro­gram for the Childers area fol­low­ing the re­cent dis­cov­ery of Aedes ae­gypti mos­qui­toes in the area.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Heuser said while only a very low num­ber of the mos­quito in Childers, it was es­sen­tial to carry out the pro­gram im­me­di­ately.

“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,” Cr Heuser said.

“While the mos­qui­toes are ca­pa­ble of carrying these viruses, there is no im­me­di­ate threat due to the fact that there are no re­ported cases of these viruses within our re­gion,” he said.

This mos­quito has been found in Gin Gin and has now spread fur­ther south to Childers.

The in­spec­tion pro­gram would tar­get res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial rain­wa­ter tanks, is set to start on Oc­to­ber 3.

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