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Mozzies on the move

Chris Ison

MOSQUITOS capable of spreading serious diseases are breeding in Wondai backyards, and will be DNA tested to find out where they came from.

Inspections of backyards in Wondai just before Christmas confirmed the Aedes aegypti mosquito was still breeding and laying eggs in stagnant water in the backyards, posing a risk to the health of people in the South Burnett.

South Burnett Regional Council Environment and Waste Services manager Craig Patch said the mosquitos were vectors for diseases such as Dengue fever and Ross River fever.

"Queensland Health is looking at doing DNA testing on the mosquitos to find out if these are of the same family as the ones found in Cairns," he said.

"Testing would show if these are the same ones that have come down from the north.

"The more we can know and understand the mosquitos that we're dealing with, the better we can control and treat them."

In the coming weeks council officers will expand their monitoring of the insect to see if they are breeding in Kingaroy and Nanango.

"We have identified hot breeding places in Wondai," Mr Patch said.

"In early 2015 we would also like to do some monitoring in Kingaroy and Nanango. We will set up GAT traps on the northern edges of the towns to see if we've got anything coming though and see if we can identify anything."

If the Aedes aegypti mosquito is found in these trapping rounds, the council will begin backyard checks for breeding sites and education programs for residents.

"Thankfully we have not had any infections yet," Mr Patch said.

"We know through past history that the mosquito could spread Dengue and Ross River fever so as a matter of course we will try and control its habitat, try and control its spread.

"If you can remove the breeding environment you won't have the mosquitos."

South Burnett

Topics:  south burnett regional council


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