NSW Health is
reminding people to protect themselves against mosquitoes when spending time
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.
being outside unprotected, particularly during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes
are most active.
outside cover up as much as possible with light-coloured, loose-fitting
clothing and covered footwear.
mosquito repellent regularly to exposed areas (as directed on the container).
Repellents containing Diethyl Toluamide (DEET) or Picaridin are best.
not use repellents on the skin of children under the age of three months.
Instead, use physical barriers such as netting on prams, cots and play areas
all windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
camping, use flyscreens, or sleep under mosquito nets.
the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of
items that hold water or by emptying the containers.
more information see the NSW Health Mosquitoes
are a Health Hazard factsheet - https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/mosquito.aspx