A warning has been issued to the public to take care against mosquito-borne viruses following recent heavy rains and associated flooding.
The increase in rain and flooding may result in an increase in mosquito breeding, particularly where there is pooled water, according to the Western NSW Local Health District.
Whilst being bitten is irritating, mosquitoes can carry disease such as Ross River, Barmah Forest Fever and Murray Valley Encephalitis. These infections can cause symptoms ranging from tiredness, rash, fever, and sore or swollen joints.
There has been no increase in the number of reported cases of mosquito-borne viruses so far. It is however important to take steps to eliminate the risk of mosquitoes breeding around the home.
Protect yourself by: Screening all windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out; Sleep under a mosquito net in an unscreened house or when camping; Take precautions outside at dusk and dawn using a repellent and/or wearing a loose fitting long sleeved shirt and trousers; When mosquitoes are inside the room, use spray, especially behind furniture and dark places; Air conditioning, fans and mosquito coils are also effective; If your septic tank was inundated with flood water, have it professionally pumped out; Ensure there are no containers around that store water; ensure mesh is in place on septic vents.