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Shire urges for community vigilance on mosquitoes

19/04/2021
The Shire of East Pilbara would like to remind residents and visitors to protect themselves against mosquito bites following the State Government’s announcement about Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) and Kunjin virus activity in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions.
 
This activity does not include any human cases of the viruses, but the Shire is asking community members and travellers to remain vigilant.
 
“We are encouraging all residents and visitors in Newman, Marble Bar, Nullagine and surrounding communities be cautious and protect themselves from mosquito bites,” Shire President Lynne Craigie OAM said.
 
The Marble Bar depot team also visits all the houses in Marble Bar to provide residents with treatment to flush down their toilets or pour down the outside drain. This treatment was completed in the last fortnight and another one is scheduled for this week.
 
If the resident is not home, the depot team member will pour the treatment down an accessible drain in the front yard if there is one available, or return to the property at a later time.
 
“Let’s work together to reduce the dangers mosquito-borne diseases pose in our community. When our depot team members come to your house, please take a few minutes to do the necessary treatment with them,” Cr Craigie said.
 
“By taking a few simple steps when you’re outside, you can better protect yourself against mosquitoes.”
 
Ways to avoid mosquito bites:
  • Avoid outdoor exposure, particularly at dawn and early evening
  • Wear protective (long, loose-fitting, light-coloured) clothing when outdoors
  • Apply an effective personal repellent containing diethyltoluamide (DEET) or picaridin evenly to all areas of exposed skin and always follow the label instructions
  • Ensure infants and children are adequately protected against mosquito bites, preferably with suitable clothing, shoes/socks, bed nets or other forms of insect screening
  • Remove water holding containers from around the home and garden to ensure mosquitoes do not breed in your own backyard
  • Use mosquito coils and mosquito lanterns and apply barrier sprays containing bifenthrin in patio and outdoor areas around houses
  • Ensure insect screens are installed and in good condition on houses and caravans
  • Use mosquito nets and mosquito-proof tents if sleeping outside.
 
While the risk of becoming infected with MVE and Kunjin Virus is low, the illnesses can be severe and - in the case of MVE - potentially fatal.
 
The Shire carries out regular treatment of known mosquito breeding sites as part of the East Pilbara’s mosquito surveillance program.
 
The Shire will also continue to monitor the natural pools in Marble Bar and Nullagine once the water stops flowing following the recent rain.
 
Fact File:
  • Find the State Government media release here.
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