City of Melville predicts average mozzie season

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DESPITE a wetter-than-usual August, the Health Department is predicting an average mosquito season, with the number of mosquitoes carrying Ross River virus also expected to fall within the normal range.

The department advises that people spending time outdoors should cover up and use repellents containing DEET or picaridin, and householders should empty water from containers around the home.

They also said Ross River virus was most prevalent in the south-west of WA during spring and summer.

City of Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said the City regularly monitored known breeding sites and treated where required.

“City environmental health officers regularly monitor and check natural breeding sites of the Swan River near Troy Park in Attadale, as well as known breeding areas associated with stormwater infrastructure sites in Booragoon, Palmyra and Kardinya,” Dr Silcox said.

“In 2016, the City investigated 16 notifications of Ross River virus, which is around the usual number of notifications per annum.”

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