Dr Michael Lindsay shows participants a sample of mosquito larvae, taken from Soldiers’ Cove in Mandurah. Dr Michael Lindsay shows participants a sample of mosquito larvae, taken from Soldiers’ Cove in Mandurah.
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Dr Michael Lindsay shows participants a sample of mosquito larvae, taken from Soldiers’ Cove in Mandurah.

Dr Michael Lindsay shows participants a sample of mosquito larvae, taken from Soldiers’ Cove in Mandurah.

Dr Michael Lindsay shows participants a sample of mosquito larvae, taken from Soldiers’ Cove in Mandurah.

AS THE Health Departmentissued a Ross River virus warning for the South-West, experts gathered inMandurah for the biennial Mosquito Management course.

The week-long course, whichstarted on Monday, saw 53 participants including Government members, AQIS andthe defence force, learn about mosquito-borne diseases and methods ofcontrolling mosquitoes.

The Department ofHealth’s Managing Scientist of Environmental Health Hazards, Dr Michael Lindsay,who led the course, said Mandurahwas an ideal setting due to itshigh volume of mosquitoes, and warned residents to take responsibility to avoid contracting mosquito-borne diseases.

The Health Departmentissued a warning to the South-West on Monday, after RRV was detected inmosquitoes for the first time this season.

Symptoms of RRV, for which there is no cure,include painful or swollen joints, sore muscles, skin rashes, fever, fatigue and headaches.

Dr Lindsay said anabove average rainfall had enabled the breeding of mosquitoes and heightenedthe risk of RRV.

In a report submitted tothe City of Mandurahon October 8, it was revealed that the number of reported cases of RRV inMandurah alone had risen from 81 in 2011/12 to 133 in 2012/13.

In the wider Peel regionthe number had also increased, from 206 in 2011/12 to 254 in 2012/13.

The Peel Mosquito Management Groupundertook 19aerial larviciding treatments during 2012/13 with a total of 4564 hectarestreated, in a season the report cited as“very demanding”.

For the 2013/14 season, which began in August,the Peel Mosquito Management Group has so far carried out five aerial treatments,treating a total of 900.5ha.

In this year’s Health Budget, the StateGovernment set aside $4million over four years for the Peel region to helptackle its mosquito problem.

Cityof Mandurah Chief Executive Mark Newman said the money had not yet been allocatedanywhere.

“The City has not beenmade aware of any decisions relating to the State Government’s budgetallocation for mosquito management in WA,” he said.

“However, the City has had discussions with theDepartment of Health, looking at aspects of the program and where the moneycould best be used.”

Mandurah MLADavid Templeman criticised the funds, calling it a pitiful response.

Local Government mosquito management programs have been underway since August in some areas and will continue in regions with a recognised risk of RRV.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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