WA residents warned against mosquitos
There will be more mosquitoes as the warmer weather comes in. Although it’s not truly spring weather yet with the light showers and cold breeze, Western Australians are being warned of predicted increase in mosquito activity.
Residents of metropolitan Perth and the Southwest are advised to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes for the coming spring and summer months. This is because the mosquitoes in these areas can infect a person with Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus. The symptoms of these illnesses include fever, fatigue, swollen joints and skin rashes. These could last from weeks to months with no vaccination or specific cure. Individuals should visit their doctor if experiencing these symptoms.
How can you protect yourself?
- Use long, loose and light coloured clothing
- Avoid going outdoors from dawn to dusk as these times are when the mosquitos most active
- Apply mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin
- If camping or sleeping outdoors, use mosquito nets.
- Remove any container with water which could serve as breeding environments
- Use insect screens