7 October 2011
Mosquitoes are expected to be most prevalent at the following locations from 8 to 17 October and 16 to 30 November 2011:
The rest of the Northern Territory can expect elevated numbers of mosquitoes near coastal areas and within 10 kilometres of large brackish swamps and larger tidal creeks and rivers.
Areas outside the 5 kilometre limit of control from the edge of Leanyer and Karama are expected to produce an influx of salt marsh mosquitoes from the huge breeding areas around the mouth of Howard River and other areas around Shoal Bay.
People infected with Ross River or Barmah Forest virus may develop a wide range of symptoms, the most common of which are:
- painful or swollen joints (particularly in the hands, ankles and knees)
- sore muscles
- aching tendons
- skin rash
- swollen lymph nodes
Protection against bites is the best course of action as there is no vaccine to prevent Ross River or Barmah Forest virus.
People in the Top End experiencing mosquito pest problems are advised to:
- avoid locations near coastal swamps and mangrove areas
- avoid outdoor exposure around dusk and at night near areas of dense vegetation and other areas of high mosquito activity
- reduce outdoor activity in the evening and at night if mosquitoes are present
- use mosquito-proof accommodation and camping facilities at night
- wear light coloured clothing with long sleeves, long trousers and socks between dusk and dawn in areas where mosquito bites are likely
- use a protective repellent containing 20 per cent DEET or Picaridin as a supplement to protective clothing when outdoors at night in areas of mosquito activity
- use mosquito coils, mosquito lanterns, and barrier sprays containing bifenthrin in patio and outdoor areas near houses
- ensure children and animals are adequately protected against mosquito bites