Western NSW Local Health District is warning the public to take care against mosquito borne viruses following recent heavy rains and associated flooding. This increase in rain and flooding may result in an increase in mosquito breeding, particularly where there is pooled water. Whilst being bitten is irritating, mosquitoes can carry disease such as Ross River, Barmah Forest Fever and Murray Valley Encephalitis.
People should protect themselves by screening all windows and doors, use repellent at dusk and dawn, use fly spray especially behind furniture and dark places, air conditioning, fans and mosquito coils are also effective in protecting yourself from mosquitoes. Also ensure there are no containers around your property that store water and ensure mesh is in place on septic vents.