Mozzies bit­ten by big dry

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

THE grip­ping drought killing fish and live­stock has at least one sil­ver lin­ing – mos­quito num­bers are down across all states.

As a re­sult cases of mos­quito-borne viruses such as Ross River and Dengue fever have fallen dra­mat­i­cally in 2018. The sum­mer of 2016-17 saw parts of South Aus­tralia, NSW, Queens­land and Vic­to­ria in the grip of the high­est num­ber of Ross River cases, with 1551 peo­ple suc­cumb­ing to the fever caused by a mozzie bite. Cases have fallen by a third to just 566 in 2018.

Dengue no­ti­fi­ca­tions across the coun­try also fell in 2018, down by an av­er­age of 18 per cent, though some areas in NSW’s west are still feel­ing the bite.

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