Fight the Bite
by Beverley Paine
This year's La Niña weather pattern and exceptional rains across most areas of Australia have resulted in an increase in insect activity, particularly mosquitoes. Although great food for bats, not only are mosquitoes a nuisance but some varieties can spread serious diseases. Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus and dengue fever are probably the best known. Luckily Australia was declared malaria-free in 1981, however laboratory investigations have revealed that a number of local Anopheles species are susceptible to infection and our northern areas need to remain constantly vigilant.
To date there is no cure or vaccine to protect against these mosquito-borne diseases. The only known and effective way to reduce risk of mosquito-borne diseases is to prevent mosquito bites in the first place. Different people react differently to bites, with some suffering considerable distress from the itching weal, which may also become infected if scratched into an open wound. It's important to be sympathetic to people who are sensitive to bites. Relief can be obtained using products like Stingose, or placing hot compresses over the bite, but once again, prevention is the best option. Uncomfortable and itchy children find it impossible to concentrate and may become irritable, disrupting your homeschooling day.
Protect yourself, your family and friends against mosquito-borne disease by:
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