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Whitsunday Regional Council in partnership with Queensland Health commenced an authorised prevention and control program yesterday to minimise the potential spread of mosquito-borne Zika virus in the Bowen area.
The program targets the Aedes aegypti mosquito and will involve the inspection of yards and premises by authorised personnel from Council and Queensland Health. If potential breeding sites are identified then mosquito control chemicals may be applied and mosquito traps set.
Residents in the Whitsunday Regional Council area are encouraged to check their property and undertake the following:
• Remove unused containers that may hold water like old tyres, tins, toys etc;• Screen openings on rainwater tanks;• Cover openings on wells and septic tanks;• Clean out bird baths and pet water bowls every four days by wiping with a clean cloth and disposing the cloth into the bin;• Fill pot plant bases with sand;• Ensure all water can drain from boats or store under cover; and• Clean out gutters and drains around the house.
Residents should also protect themselves by wearing light coloured clothing, avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active and wear insect repellent.
For more information please visit the Qld Health website and/or phone the Mackay Public Health Unit on (07) 4911 0400.