26 September 2023

Stinging mozzies smart to be avoided

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NSW Health is warning everyone to protect themselves against mosquito bites after virus-carrying mozzies were detected carrying a dangerous disease in southern and western parts of the State.

Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant said the disease, Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus, had been detected in samples from commercial pig farms at five locations, indicating that the virus was likely circulating in the mosquito population.

“JE is a mosquito-borne disease that may affect animals, including pigs, and humans,” Dr Chant said.

“The virus is spread by mosquito bites,” she said.

“It is really important to protect yourself from mosquito bites as mosquitoes can spread viruses, including Japanese encephalitis.”

Dr Chant said that less than one per cent of people infected with JE experienced symptoms, which typically included fever, joint pain and a rash.

She said that occasionally, JE could cause severe neurological illness with headache, convulsions and reduced consciousness.

“There is no specific treatment for JE or other mosquito-borne viruses,” Dr Chant said.

“The best way to avoid infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes,” she said.

Information on protecting ourselves against mosquito bites can be accessed at this PS News link.

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