Prevent getting

Environmental health officer Jarod Griffiths.
Environmental health officer Jarod Griffiths.

Reports of Ross River Virus (RRV) and Barmah Forest Virus (BFV) emanating from the City dropped off significantly in the last 12 months, but health officer Jarod Griffiths warned that changing weather patterns could soon have mosquito and RRV and BFV numbers back up.

That warning was realised last week when City testing found mosquito numbers in Cockburn had more than doubled for the month of October, compared with the same time last year.

‘The variations in numbers demonstrates just how quickly mosquito numbers develop,’ Mr Griffiths said.

‘The best message I can put out there is that numbers can change overnight, literally, so take all the precautions to prevent getting bitten.’