ZIKA VIRUS SUS­PECTED IN CANNONVALE

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Inge Hansen

WHEN Kel­lie Chart ar­rived home on Sun­day af­ter­noon, she was met with a con­fronting sign about the Zika virus on her front door.

Ms Chart said she also no­ticed a van at the top of her Cannonvale street.

“(A con­trol team) came and sprayed the house and left traps and they said they’ll be back in a few weeks,” she said.

“They said there was a (Zika) case within 50 me­tres of my house so every­one within that ra­dius would have a full gar­den in­spec­tion.”

The con­trol team from Townsville ar­rived over the weekend to treat houses in the Cannonvale area and Ms Chart said she was very im­pressed with their ef­forts.

“It was a mas­sive op­er­a­tion and it was good to see they were tak­ing ac­tion and they gave me a lot of in­for­ma­tion (about Zika),” she said.

Con­cern sparked ear­lier this week when a Cannonvale woman and her friend from Bowen fell ill af­ter re­turn­ing from Bali. Ad­di­tional tests started this week to de­ter­mine whether the women con- tracted the virus af­ter an­other trav­eller who lives in Gor­don­vale tested pos­i­tive for Zika.

Since Satur­day June 4, around 140 Cannonvale prop­er­ties were in­spected and 64 sprayed for mos­qui­tos. It is be­lieved the re­sults from 268 mos­quito traps will be avail­able in roughly four weeks.

Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Health, Dr Steven Dono­hue said Aedes Ae­gypti mos­qui­tos were found in the form of lar­vae at two prop­er­ties and more sam­ples would be tested in Townsville.

“The risk that the virus has be­come es­tab­lished in the Cannonvale mos­quito pop­u­la­tion is low, how­ever as a pre- cau­tion, we are look­ing at prop­er­ties and un­der­tak­ing con­trol mea­sures where we do find mos­qui­tos,” he said.

“We know the Whit­sun­days area is low risk for Aedes Ae­gypti be­cause we haven’t had a dengue out­break for more than 20 years.”

WARN­ING: Cannonvale res­i­dent Kel­lie Chart stand­ing with the flyer which was left on her front door on Sun­day no­ti­fy­ing her of the sus­pected Zika virus in her neigh­bour­hood.

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