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Mosquito Warning for Esperance

The recent flooding has created ideal conditions for mosquito breeding which is likely to result in an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Shire environmental health officers are continuing to set mosquito traps and conducting larvae sampling as part of their mosquito management plan. Mosquito virus activity was found to be present this summer  in Esperance and  is likely to be triggered again with the recent rainfall events.

Esperance residents are encouraged to be alert and to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. This includes wearing protective clothing when outdoors, using personal repellent, avoiding outdoor exposure at dusk and dawn and using nets and mosquito screens. Some ways to prevent breeding around your home include emptying out or discarding containers that may hold water, regularly emptying, cleaning and refilling of bird baths, stock troughs and pet water bowls, keeping swimming pools properly maintained and free of debris and covering rainwater inlets and outlets, vent pipes of septic tanks, wells or other large water containers with insect proof mesh.

You can find more information at www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/