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With 19 cases of dengue fever recorded in North Queensland last summer, Mackay,Isaac and Whitsunday councils have joined forces to encourage residents to protectthemselves against dengue mosquitoes.
Mackay Regional Council Mayor Deirdre Comerford said whether you live in Mackay,Isaac or the Whitsunday’s you’ll be encouraged over the next three months via radio,TV and social media to protect yourself against dengue mosquitoes, tip-it, store it orthrow it away.
“Tip out any water in pot plant bases and containers, store items that can hold waterin a dry spot or undercover, throw out any rubbish lying around and clean out yourgutters,” Mayor Comerford said.
Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said a few minutes spent cleaning upyour backyard can help prevent the spread of dengue mosquitoes.
“Dengue mosquitoes only need a small amount of water to breed in,” Mayor Bakersaid.
“We’re encouraging residents and businesses to empty all their pot plant trays andcontainers holding water once a week.”
Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Jenny Whitney said if you hear mosquitoes buzzing around take steps to protect yourself.
“When outdoors make sure you wear long sleeves, trousers, hats and use aneffective insect repellent,” Mayor Whitney said.
“If you start to experience headaches, fevers, aches and pains and vomitingsee your doctor immediately.”
For more information:
Lisa Maher, Whitsunday Regional Council Communications Officer –4945 0204Rebecca Batzloff, Mackay Regional Council Communications and MarketingOfficer - 4961 9446Teresa Vella, Isaac Regional Council Senior Communications Officer -4941 4550