The Rural City of Wangaratta has joined sixteen other higher risk and flood-affected councils across rural Victoria that have received a special funding package to combat the spread of mosquitoes this summer.
Council can now access funding to expand mosquito control activities and help prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
Recent heavy rainfall and floods across the state have led to ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes that can spread disease. High numbers of mosquitoes will continue over the summer months across rural Victoria.
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.
We are taking action to reduce mosquito numbers by expanding our annual surveillance and mosquito management activities and community education programs.
Activities include monitoring numbers, testing sites using control agents such as larvicides to stop mosquito larvae from growing where mosquito numbers are excessive.
The annual ‘Beat the Bite’ campaign started a month early this year due to the increased mosquito numbers, and is now ramping up again through the holiday season. It urges all Victorians to take simple steps to protect themselves and their family from mosquito bites.
The campaign’s top tips to ‘Beat the Bite’ are:
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: Better Health Channel - https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/beat-the-bite.