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With health warnings issued in parts of Victoria for mosquitoes and Ross River virus, Mount Alexander Shire Council is urging the community to take care this summer and beat the bite.

Monday 1 February 2021

With health warnings issued in parts of Victoria for mosquitoes and Ross River virus, Mount Alexander Shire Council is urging the community to take care this summer and beat the bite.

The Victorian Government has issued a warning for residents and visitors in the Surf Coast, Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula areas of Victoria to protect themselves against mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and Murray Valley Encephalitis (MVE) – all serious, infectious and potentially life-threatening in the case of MVE.

These viruses can cause symptoms including joint pain and stiffness, headache, fever, rash and fatigue.

While the risk of catching one of these diseases is low, there are simple things you can do to help protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. These are:

• Cover up. Wear long, loose fitting clothing because mosquitoes can bite through tight fitting clothing.
• Use effective mosquito repellents containing DEET or picaridin on all exposed skin.
• Control mosquito numbers. There’s a wide range of ‘knockdown sprays’ or vaporising devices for inside use, including for caravans.
• Install flywire screens on all windows and self-closing wire screens on doors.
• Make sure mosquitoes can't breed around your property by removing stagnant water at least every week. This includes in flowerpots, tyres, buckets, tins, bird baths and pet bowls.
• Empty children’s wading pools when not in use and keep fishponds stocked with fish.
• Use mosquito nets or screens when camping to help keep mozzies out of tents. Added protection can be provided by treating the nets with an appropriate insecticide.
• Limit outdoor activity at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

If you have any concerns about your health, talk to your doctor or call NURSE-ON-CALL on 1300 606 024. For more information visit the Better Health Channel at www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/beat-the-bite.



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