Health warning issued for mosquito-borne viruses in Sydney

| 13.05,22. 06:12 AM |



Health warning issued for

mosquito-borne viruses in

Sydney




Northern Beaches residents have been warned to protect themselves against mosquitoes after Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses were detected at a popular lagoon.
NSW Health issued the warning after Ross River virus was found in mosquitoes over the past three months and Barmah Forest virus was detected in May at Narrabeen Lagoon.
"Barmah Forest virus is spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes," Northern Beaches Council said.
Water tanks can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes if not cleaned and maintained.
Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses have been detected in mosquitoes at Narrabeen lagoon. (9News)
"Many people who are infected will not develop symptoms; however, some people may have flu-like symptoms that include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, stiffness and pain, especially in the mornings.
"A rash may also develop or a feeling of tiredness or weakness."
Ross River virus is also spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes and presents similar symptoms to the Barmah Forest virus.
There is no vaccine against the Barmah Forest or Ross River virus.
Symptoms usually develop about seven to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Kayakers exercising at dawn on Narrabeen Lagoon.
Residents are warned to take precautions at the Narrabeen Lagoon around dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. (Nick Moir)
Northern Beaches Council added wet weather caused by the La Niña weather event has caused mosquitoes to multiply more than usual.
Residents are urged to wear long, loose-fitting clothing, apply insect repellent, and be aware of "peak mosquito times" at dawn and dusk.
People are also being urged to keep their backyards free of anything that mosquitoes can breed in like containers, birdbaths and kids toys.


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