Aedes aegypti mosquito identified in Childers

RESIDENTS across the Childers area are being warned to ensure their properties are free of potential mosquito breeding sites following the identification of the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the town area.

While the Aedes aegypti mosquito is able to transmit a number of viruses including Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and the Zika virus from one infected person to another there are currently no reported cases of these diseases locally.

Council health and regulatory ervices spokesman Peter Heuser said the presence of the mosquito had been identified during council's routine inspection program.

"This mosquito has been identified in the Gin Gin area and it is probably not surprising that it has turned up in Childers," Cr Heuser said.

"The Aedes aegypti has a limited flight range and has a breeding site preference for disused or poorly maintained rain water tanks.

"In the Gin Gin area a council survey in 2014 found the Aedes aegypti numbers were high in non-compliant rainwater water tanks and almost non-existent in compliant tanks or yards with no tank at all."

"The good news is that council is playing an important partnership role with Queensland Health and other parties in developing strategies to target the eradication of this mosquito from our region and throughout Queensland," said Cr Heuser.

"Council officers will be undertaking further inspections to ascertain the prevalence of the mosquito in the Childers area.

"In the interim, residents should be checking their yards for anything that can hold water and provide a breeding site such as pot plants, water holding containers and old tyres; while also thoroughly inspecting rain water tanks to ensure they are screened and compliant.

"During the current unseasonably high temperatures residents should observe the usual precautions regarding protection against mosquitos."

Cr Heuser said Council would keep the community informed regarding any additional information in relation to the Aedes aegypti mosquito in the Childers area.



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