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Slap down mozzie bites

- TAYLAR AMONINI

As Kimberley locals and travellers begin planning their holidays, the Department of Health urges people to take extra precaution­s against mosquitoes.

The warning follows ongoing Ross River virus detections in mosquitoes and a recent increase in the number of cases of the virus Statewide.

Department acting managing scientist Dr Abbey Potter said the increased activity was likely to be the result of prevailing “La Niña” weather conditions, coupled with a number of years of below average virus activity.

“Mosquito management is being undertaken by local government authoritie­s in collaborat­ion with the Department of Health in areas with a recognised risk of RRV activity,” she said.

“However, it is not realistic to rely on mosquito management programs alone to control all mosquitoes. Individual­s living in or travelling to the regions need to take their own precaution­s to avoid mosquito bites.”

To reduce the risk of contractin­g the virus, the department advised travellers to avoid outdoor exposure, wear protective clothing, apply mosquito repellent and remove water holding containers from around the home and garden.

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