With all of the recent rains, and flooding, with water still lying around , NSW Health has urged people to safeguard against mosquito bites. Ross River Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Forbes, and this virus, as well as Barmah Forest Virus are spread by bites from mosquitoes that have fed on animals that carry the virus. These viruses are not fatal to humans, however they can cause persistent and debilitating symptoms such as joint aches and pains, fever, chills, headache and sometimes a rash. There is no specific treatment for these viruses, with the best way to avoid infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Some simple steps to avoid mosquito bites include:
• Screening all windows and doors.
• Avoid being outside unprotected, particularly during dawn and dusk.
• Apply mosquito repellent regularly to exposed areas.
• Light mosquito coils or use vaporising mats indoors.
• When camping, use flyscreens or sleep under mosquito nets.
• Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items that hold water or by emptying any containers.