WARNING: Cannonvale resident Kellie Chart standing with the flyer which was left on her front door on Sunday notifying her of the suspected Zika virus in her neighbourhood.
WARNING: Cannonvale resident Kellie Chart standing with the flyer which was left on her front door on Sunday notifying her of the suspected Zika virus in her neighbourhood.

Zika concerns still abuzz in Cannonvale

WHEN Kellie Chart arrived home on Sunday afternoon, she was met with a confronting sign about the Zika virus on her front door.

Ms Chart said she also noticed a van at the top of her Cannonvale street.

"(A control team) came and sprayed the house and left traps and they said they'll be back in a few weeks," she said.

"They said there was a (Zika) case within 50 metres of my house so everyone within that radius would have a full garden inspection."

The control team from Townsville arrived over the weekend to treat houses in the Cannonvale area and Ms Chart said she was very impressed with their efforts.

"It was a massive operation and it was good to see they were taking action and they gave me a lot of information (about Zika)," she said.

Concern sparked earlier this week when a Cannonvale woman and her friend from Bowen fell ill after returning from Bali. Additional tests started this week to determine whether the women contracted the virus after another traveller who lives in Gordonvale tested positive for Zika.

Since Saturday June 4, around 140 Cannonvale properties were inspected and 64 sprayed for mosquitos. It is believed the results from 268 mosquito traps will be available in roughly four weeks.

Director of Public Health, Dr Steven Donohue said Aedes Aegypti mosquitos were found in the form of larvae at two properties and more samples would be tested in Townsville.

"The risk that the virus has become established in the Cannonvale mosquito population is low, however as a precaution, we are looking at properties and undertaking control measures where we do find mosquitos," he said.

"We know the Whitsundays area is low risk for Aedes Aegypti because we haven't had a dengue outbreak for more than 20 years."

HELPFUL TIPS

  • Check yards for mosquito breeding. Tip out, flush out, throw away or dry-store anything holding water in which mosquitos can breed.
  • Kill mosquitos in and around your home. Use ordinary surface spray in dark hiding places, under and behind furniture, curtains and inside cupboards. Repeat every six weeks.
  • Use mosquito zappers and coils around the house to kill mozzies and avoid being bitten.
  • If a team of professionals from Queensland Health arrive and offer to spray your place, let them do so.

For more information about Zika virus and to view an instructional video on how to spray your home visit http://www.health.qld.gov. au/zika.


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