Monday 7 December 2015
With the recent heavy rains on the South Coast, Bega Valley Shire Council’s Environmental health Coordinator Greg O’Donnell, is warning residents to take extra precautions and protect themselves against mosquitoes.
Mr O’Donnell said that mosquitoes can carry serious human diseases like Barmah Forest virus, Ross River virus, and Murray Valley Encephalitis.
“These infections can cause symptoms including tiredness, rash, fever and sore and swollen joints,” he said.
“The symptoms usually resolve after several days, but some people may experience symptoms for weeks or even months.”
“With mosquitoes being out in force this summer, people need to take steps to avoid mosquito bites to avoid getting sick,” Mr. O’Donnell said.
Simple steps to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes include: