Mozzies bitten by big dry
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.