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Mosquito borne viruses are major causes of human sickness and death worldwide. There are almost 100 species of mosquitoes in Western Australia. Aside from carrying disease, mosquitoes are a nuisance, interfering with amenity and outdoor activities.
The main viruses transmitted by mosquitoes in WA are Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus. These illnesses may have a serious impact on the health of those that contract them and can cause painful or swollen joints, sore muscles, skin rashes, fever, fatigue and headaches. There are no cures or vaccines for these viruses so it is important that people take care to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.
Currently the Shire of Augusta Margaret River does not have an active mosquito management program. We are gathering data on mosquito numbers with a view to undertaking regular surveillance and assessment of breeding sites in the future. If you have concerns regarding increased mosquito numbers around the Shire, you are urged to contact the Environmental Health Unit by phoning 9780 5255.
If you live in, or are visiting areas within the Shire, please take note of the following precautions to avoid being bitten:
Further information on mosquito management, including virus transmission is available on the WA Department of Health’s website.
PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285
41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512
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