Fight the Bite - South Australia Health Warning

Monday, Mar 14, 2016 at 10:24

Life Member - Mike (SA)

With the current rain events in the north of South Australia travellers need to be reminded that mosquitoes can still be active around waterbodies in northern South Australia.

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance but some can spread serious disease such as Ross River virus (RRv) and Barmah Forest virus (BFv) when they bite (symptoms of RRv and BFv can include joint pains, rash, fever, fatigue or muscle pain).

There is NO CURE and NO VACCINE to protect against these mosquito borne diseases. The only known and effective way to reduce risk of mosquito borne disease is to prevent mosquito bites.
If you are a visitor, or if you live in northern South Australia, it is important that you protect yourself, your family and friends against mosquito borne disease by Fighting the Bite.

Key strategies include:
? Covering up – wear long, light coloured, loose fitting clothing (mosquitoes can bite through tight clothes like jeans)
? Apply personal insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin (avoid using on babies and toddlers and ALWAYS read and follow instructions on the label first).
? Ensure insect screens cover openings in holiday houses, boats, caravans or tents.
? Cover sleeping areas or beds with mosquito nets if necessary.

For additional strategies and information about how to Fight the Bite and protect against mosquito borne disease visit the SA Health website.

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