Media Release – COUNCIL INCREASES MONITORING AS MOSQUITO NUMBERS RISE

Recent king tides coupled with significant rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Marcia has resulted in an increased number of breeding sites which has led to a rise in mosquito numbers.

Bundaberg Regional Council environmental health officers have increased their monitoring of sites across the region and this surveillance has indicated increased mosquito numbers.

Council’s Health & Regulatory Services portfolio spokesperson, Cr Wayne Honor said monitoring sites ranged from Woodgate to Moore Park, Bundaberg Port, Burnett Heads, Bargara, City, West Bundaberg at McCoys Creek, and North Bundaberg.

“There has been an emphasis on inspection of known areas where ponded water is located and these are being treated where possible with a larvaecide.

“With the warm weather expected this week we should see a lot of this casual water dry up and mosquito numbers may drop over the coming weeks as a result.

“Health reports show the numbers of reported cases of Ross River Virus have significantly increased, not only in the Bundaberg Region, but state wide.”

“The virus is caused by a salt marsh mosquito so people need to exercise extreme care near marshy areas although these mosquitoes can travel distances of up to 50 kilometres.

“Residents are requested to take precautions and the normal protective measures relating to preventing mosquito attack including repellants and appropriate clothing should apply.”

More information on mosquito protection is available on Council’s website at www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au.

ENDS

 

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