Dengue found in Bowen
DENGUE mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is present at various locations in Bowen.
This was confirmed by Whitsunday Regional Council this week.
Mosquito samples collected by council officers from various sites across the town have been identified as Aedes aegypti.
The Dengue mosquito prefers to breed close to human habitation and will happily reside inside peoples houses.
Artificial containers like tyres, bins, tins, buckets, bird baths, pot plant trays as well as rainwater tanks, wells, sumps, communication pits, irrigation control boxes and gutters provide ideal places for it to breed.
Whitsunday Regional Council said residents had a good chance of reducing the mosquito by removing unneeded containers, sealing off lids to septics/pits and screening water tanks.
Using insect repellent and surface spray around the home is also advised and residents should ensure their home is screened properly to prevent the entry of mosquitos. Any enquiries on this matter should be directed to Council's Technical Officer Pest and Vector Control, Bren Fuller on 07 4945 0261.