Webb, Medical Entomologist at NSW Health Pathology, said the warmer weather is
a time for increasing mosquito activity and it is important to prepare against
the diseases carried by them such as Ross River and Barmah Forest virus.
of Ross River and Barmah Forest virus infections increases over hotter months, especially
with people spending more time outside,” Dr Webb said.
diseases are usually found in mosquitoes in rural and bushy areas around
Sydney, people should still take precautions against mosquito and insect bites.
usually develop in around seven to 10 days and can resemble the flu, with aches
and pains in muscles and joints. There can also be a rash associated with them,
and a general feeling of feeling weak or unwell.
recover in a few weeks, some will continue to experience symptoms like joint
pain and fatigue for many months,” Dr Webb said.
NSW has robust
system around the notification of mosquito-borne disease that includes the trapping
of mosquitoes to monitor their abundance and the activity of viruses that
currently no vaccine for either disease so preventing them means avoiding the
bites of mosquitoes that spread them.
being urged to take the following steps to avoid mosquito bites.
more information see the NSW Health Mosquitoes
are a Health Hazard factsheet - https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/mosquito.aspx