Fight the Bite

Published on Wednesday, 6 March 2024 at 9:46:33 AM

Wet Season heavy rains has contributed to the increases in mosquitoes throughout the Shire. In Western Australia, mosquitoes can transmit Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and Kunjin virus, as well as the potentially fatal Murray Valley encephalitis and Japanese encephalitis viruses (JEV).

The most effective way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

  • Cover Up – wear long, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing, covering as much of the body as you can.
  • Repel – apply an effective insect repellent containing DEET (diethyltoluamide), picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (OLE, also known as PMD) evenly to exposed skin.
  • Clean Up – remove, empty or cover water-holding containers. Keep your grass short to stop mosquitoes hanging around your home

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