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Mozzie busters work with Tennant Creek residents (NT)

Date posted: 17 August 2012

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Health's mozzie-busting squad is seeking the continued cooperation of Tennant Creek householders for the latest round of work to eliminate the mosquito species that can carry dengue fever.

The dengue fever mosquito Aedes aegypti was found in Tennant Creek in November 2011.

The NT Department of Health's protection program, including searches and spraying at every property and community nearby, is working to eliminate it.

'The team has been working hard to find adult Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, wrigglers and their eggs, and this will continue for the next nine months,' Director of Medical Entomology Peter Whelan said.

'We are doing house-to-house searches and the success of the project will rely on the cooperation of residents, who have been marvellous so far,' he said.

'These mosquitoes live and breed close to houses, in anything that holds water, such as rainwater tanks, roof gutters, old tyres, pot plant drip trays, dog water buckets, bird baths and faulty evaporative air conditioners.'

Mr Whelan said traps would be set and retrieved, and potential water containers sprayed with a bleach solution or an insecticide.

Mr Whelan explained that there have been no cases of dengue fever in Tennant Creek.

'It would require someone with dengue fever coming here, and getting bitten by one of the Aedes mosquitoes, which might then be able to transmit the dengue virus to another person.'

The dengue mosquito was found in Tennant Creek in 2006 and on Groote Eylandt in 2008 and was eliminated with the help of the community.

Source: Healthy Territory newsletter


Last updated: 17 August 2012
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