Mosquito study to uncover the fever
A STUDY of the mosquito population of the Somerset region is being carried out in the lead up to Christmas.
The study is being carried out by workers from Queensland Health and the Somerset Regional Council in a search for the breed of mosquito known for carrying dengue fever.
Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann said dengue fever was not a known problem in the region at the moment.
"It's not a known issue in the region but it's great our health officers are out making sure people are safe," he said.
"I'm certainly hoping they don't find it."
The surveys are searching primarily to monitor the presence of Adedes aegypti, one of the species of mosquito that is known to carry the dangerous dengue fever virus.
However, the results of the survey will also indicate what species of mosquito are present in the Somerset and provide data for planning and future vector control work in the area.
The project will see council workers door-knocking at randomly selected houses and locations across the Somerset Regional Council area in the region to gain the support of residents to carry out the survey.
Cr Lehmann called for people to help out with the survey which will provide vital public health information for the region.
"Please help with this important project," he said.
"Officers want to survey back yards in the region for the presence of mosquito breeding so they need the support of residents."
Cr Lehmann said the survey is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
For further information on the survey or mosquito management in the Somerset contact the council on 5424 4000 or visit the Queensland Health website www.health.qld.gov.au.