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Mosquitoes and arboviruses

We monitor mosquito numbers, test mosquitoes for viruses, and investigate mosquito-borne diseases in our community to control Arbovirus.

Mosquitoes are annoying insect pests which have the potential in this area to carry diseases such as Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus.

Arboviruses are a type of virus that lives in insects like mosquitoes and is passed onto humand through insect bites. The most common occurring arboviruses in New South Wales are Ross River Virus, Murray Valley Encephalitis, Barmah Forest Virus, and Kunjin Virus. All are notifiable diseases.

Ross River & Barmah Forest Virus

  • Most commonly occurs during summer and autumn.
  • Symptoms may include fever, rashes, and arthritis.
  • No fatalities have been recorded from these diseases.
  • Symptoms may last from several weeks to several months or years resulting in reduced productivity and reduced quality of life.
  • Diagnosis is by blood test.
  • There is no specific cure or vaccine available.
  • For more information visit Ross River & Barmah Forest.

Murray Valley & Kunjin Encephalitis

  • Outbreaks often linked to extreme rainfall and flooding.
  • Symptoms may include a sudden onset of fever; anorexia and headache are common, while vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea and dizziness may also be experienced.
  • Severe cases may include lethargy, irritability, drowsiness, confusion, convulsions and fits.
  • May result in coma and death.
  • Diagnosis is by blood test.
  • There is no specific cure or vaccine available.
  • For more information visit Murray Valley & Kunjin Encephalitis.

What are we doing?

AlburyCity participates in a state-wide monitoring program through the NSW Ministry of Health.

The mosquito monitoring and control program:

  • Monitors water bodies for possible breeding of mosquitoes
  • Helps identify arbovirus activity through routine sampling
  • Aims to prevent the spread of arbovirus (such as Ross River Fever and Murray Valley Encephalitis).
  • Increase community awareness through the Beat the Bite campaign.

The program involves two types of testing, one being the setting of traps aimed at collecting mosquitoes and the other is the blood sampling chicken flocks, for the presence of Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin as well as some other viruses. These results alert NSW Health to any increasing number in mosquito numbers or the occurrence of diseases.

Results of the trapping and further information on the program is available at The NSW Arbovirus Surveillance & Mosquito Monitoring Program

Further information

For more information about our NSW Arbovirus Surveillance and Mosquito Monitoring Program please contact us

Phone: 02 6023 8111

What can you do?

Mosquitoes need water and a small amount of nutrient to breed. Your assistance and regular maintenance in the yard can help in the eradication of certain potential disease carrying mosquitoes.

  • Avoid outdoor activity around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use an effect repellent. (The best mosquito repellents contain Diethl Toluamide (DEET less than 20%) or Picaridin, so check the label).
  • Cover up as much as possible. Wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing and sensible footwear.

Around the home

  • Install flywire screens on all windows and self-closing wire screens on doors. Check them regularly and mend any holes.
  • Dispose of all containers and other items collecting water in which mosquitoes can breed.
  • Empty and wipe out all containers such as bird baths and other receptacles at least once a week. Remove pot plant bases or fill bases with sand.
  • Screen all openings to tanks with 1mm mesh of stainless steel or other durable material.
  • Maintain guttering and downpipes in clean and good repair to prevent pooling of water.
  • Remove leaves and debris from roof guttering regularly so water cannot accumulate.
  • Keep fishponds stocked with fish.
  • Keep vegetation in yard well maintained and mow lawns regularly.