Av­er­age mozzie sea­son pre­dicted

Melville Times - - Opinion -

DE­SPITE a wet­ter-than-usual Au­gust, the Health Depart­ment is pre­dict­ing an av­er­age mos­quito sea­son, with the num­ber of mos­qui­toes car­ry­ing Ross River virus also ex­pected to fall within the nor­mal range.

The depart­ment ad­vises that peo­ple spend­ing time out­doors should cover up and use re­pel­lents con­tain­ing DEET or pi­caridin, and house­hold­ers should empty wa­ter from con­tain­ers around the home.

They also said Ross River virus was most preva­lent in the south­west of WA dur­ing spring and sum­mer.

City of Melville chief ex­ec­u­tive Shayne Sil­cox said the City reg­u­larly mon­i­tored known breed­ing sites and treated where re­quired.

“City en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cers reg­u­larly mon­i­tor and check nat­u­ral breed­ing sites of the Swan River near Troy Park in At­tadale, as well as known breed­ing ar­eas as­so­ci­ated with stormwa­ter in­fra­struc­ture sites in Boor­a­goon, Palmyra and Kardinya,” Dr Sil­cox said.

“In 2016, the City in­ves­ti­gated 16 no­ti­fi­ca­tions of Ross River virus, which is around the usual num­ber of no­ti­fi­ca­tions per an­num.”

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