Warm and wet weather can mean more mosquito biting and breeding, including the ones that can carry diseases that make you sick. Your only protection against mosquitoes and the diseases they can carry is to avoid mozzie bites.
Mosquitoes can transmit a range of viruses that can cause disease including Japanese encephalitis (JE), Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, Murray Valley encephalitis and West Nile/Kunjin virus. Mosquito-borne diseases can make people ill and, in severe cases, can cause death, with just one bite.
Mosquito season usually runs from November through to April. We can share some simple ways that you can stay safe - mainly through the prevention of mosquito bites.
Mozzies can bite through tight clothing. Cover up - wear long, loose-fitting clothing.
Use mosquito repellents containing Picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin.
Limit outdoor activity if lots of mosquitoes are about.
Remove stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed around your home or campsite.
On holidays make sure your accommodation is fitted with mosquito netting or screens.
Use ’knockdown’ fly spray, mosquito coils or plug-in repellent where you gather to sit or eat outdoors.
Don’t forget the kids – always check the insect repellent label. On babies, you might need to spray or rub repellent on their clothes instead of their skin. Avoid applying repellent to the hands of babies or young children.
For more information on protecting yourself from mosquito borne disease follow the link or discuss with your local Peak Pharmacies pharmacist.
Information sourced from the Better Health Channel - https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/