Fight the Bite- Protect yourself and family from Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes

Published on Tuesday, 12 March 2024 at 4:06:40 PM

The Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley is urging residents and travellers within the region to take extra precautions to avoid mosquito bites over the coming weeks, to prevent mosquito-borne disease transmission.
The warning follows a significant increase in the number of Ross River virus disease cases notified to the Department of Health in February 2024, in addition to positive detections of the virus in mosquitoes from the region. The Kimberley region is moving into the peak season for a range of serious mosquito-borne viruses. It is important that individuals take additional precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
Symptoms of Ross River Virus disease can last for weeks to months, and include painful or swollen joints, sore muscles, skin rash, fever, fatigue and headaches. The only way to diagnose the disease is by visiting your doctor and having a specific blood test.
There is currently no vaccine or specific treatment for RRV disease, the only way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Protect yourself and your family through the following measures:
🦟 Avoid outdoor exposure, particularly at dawn and early evening
🦟 Wear protective (long, loose-fitting, light-coloured) clothing covering as much of the body as you can when outdoors
🦟 Ensure infants and children are adequately protected against mosquito bites, preferably with suitable clothing, bed nets or other forms of insect screening
🦟 Ensure insect screens are installed and in good condition on houses and caravans
🦟 Use mosquito nets and mosquito-proof tents if sleeping outside
🦟 Apply an effective personal repellent containing diethyltoluamide (DEET), picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD) evenly to all areas of exposed skin and always follow the label instructions
🦟 Use mosquito coils and mosquito lanterns and apply barrier sprays containing bifenthrin in patio and outdoor areas around houses
🦟 Keep grass/weeds short to stop mosquitoes seeking shelter and hiding around the home
🦟 Remove, empty or cover water-holding containers

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