Increase in reported cases of Ross River Virus in Mundaring

Increase in reported cases of Ross River Virus in Mundaring

MUNDARING Shire has received an increase in reported cases of Ross River Virus (RRV) and other mosquito-related complaints.

RRV is common in WA and typical symptoms are painful and swollen joints, sore muscles, fever and swollen lymph nodes.

Senior environmental health officer Martin Shurlock said the number of reported incidents of RRV in 2017 was already much greater than previous years.

“So far this year we have had 12 reported cases of Ross River Virus,” he said.

“By comparison, the Shire was only made aware of nine cases in total in 2015 and just one case in total in 2016.”

Anyone experiencing symptoms of RRV should contact their GP or call Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

Mr Shurlock said there were precautions people could take to minimise the prevalence of mosquitoes around their homes.

“Mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs in places containing stagnant water including stagnant fish ponds, pot plants, bird baths and old tyres,” he said.

“Emptying or changing the water in these containers can help mitigate the number of mosquitoes around your house.

“If emptying the water is not possible then applying a thin layer of paraffin oil to stagnant water can prevent the survival of mosquito larvae.”

Stop mosquitoes breeding around your home by following these simple steps:

– Empty out or discard containers and rubbish that may hold water
– Clean out roof gutters to prevent water from pooling
– Empty, clean and refill bird baths, stock troughs and pet water bowls at least once a week
– Keep swimming pools properly maintained and free of debris
– Empty wading pools at the end of each day
– Stock backyard ponds with fish to eat mosquito larvae
– Cover rainwater and septic tank openings, wells or other large water containers with mosquito-proof mesh
– Keep edges of ponds clear of vegetation.

Mr Shurlock said other mosquito deterrents included flywire on doors and windows, wearing personal insect repellent and/or wearing light, long sleeved, loose-fitting clothing.

If mosquitoes continue to be a problem near property, contact the Shire on 9290 6742 and ask to speak to an environmental health officer. Alternatively, call the Department of Health (Environmental Health Hazards) on 9285 5500.

Fore more advice, visit the Shire website www.mundaring.wa.gov.au or the Department of Health HealthyWA webpage.

MORE: Perth Stadium becomes Optus Stadium

MORE: Perth weather: thunder only happens when it’s raining (maybe)

MORE: Target UnitingCare Christmas Appeal kicks off this week