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Fight the bite! Mozzie warning

Monday 7 December 2015

With the recent heavy rains on the South Coast, Bega Valley Shire Council’s Environmental health Coordinator Greg O’Donnell, is warning residents to take extra precautions and protect themselves against mosquitoes.

Mr O’Donnell said that mosquitoes can carry serious human diseases like Barmah Forest virus, Ross River virus, and Murray Valley Encephalitis.

“These infections can cause symptoms including tiredness, rash, fever and sore and swollen joints,” he said.

“The symptoms usually resolve after several days, but some people may experience symptoms for weeks or even months.”

“With mosquitoes being out in force this summer, people need to take steps to avoid mosquito bites to avoid getting sick,” Mr. O’Donnell said.

Simple steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes include:

  • Try to avoid areas where mosquitoes are common, like wetlands and marshlands.
  • Wear loose, long and light coloured clothing, especially around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear mosquito repellent. Use brands that contain either DEET or Picaridin, apply to all uncovered skin and follow the label directions.
  • Get rid of mosquitoes around the house by using plugin insecticide mats, flying insect knock-down sprays and fly screens. Remove any water-holding containers outside the house where mosquitoes could breed.

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