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13 February 2017

Call to identify mosquito breeding grounds

ABOVE: Aedes aegypti, the mosquito which transmits the Ross River virus from animals to humans.

Indigo Shire Council is asking for your help in identifying moquito breeding grounds in an effort to minimise the risk of mosquitoes and the diseases they carry.

More than 850 Victorians have been diagnosed with Ross River virus so far this year -- normally this number is closer to 50.

The virus is spread by mosquitoes which are breeding in record numbers in stagnant water after floods, higher than normal rainfall and high temperatures.

The mosquito breeding grounds we need your help identifying are most often large depressions that hold stagnant water for many days after rain.

Email or phone 1300 365 003 to report a possible breeding ground near you. Please provide detailed directions for the location of the breeding ground and a return contact number.

Ross River Virus Disease

Outbreaks occur when there is an abundant mosquito populations, wetland areas, and a native animal population that acts as a reservoir for the virus. Mosquitoes feed on an infected wallaby or kangaroos, and transmit the virus when biting a human.

Symptoms appear two to twenty days later, and include fatigue, headache and feeling unwell, joint pains and a rash on the body and limbs.

Symptoms can persist for more than three months, sometimes for more than a year, and can prevent a person from undertaking their usual activities.


For further information:
Contact Anton Maas, Nadia Corsini
Phone 1300 365 003