Neither the Ross River Virus nor the Barmah Forest Virus is a condition you want to deal with, both of which are mosquito-borne viruses that can lead to ongoing health problems

Byron and Ballina Shire Councils have partnered with Northern Rivers Councils and the North Coast Public Health Unit to launch the Tackling Mosquitoes Together campaign and free text messaging program to help reduce the risk of disease and the nuisance of mosquitoes / p>

Enzo Picerni, Byron Council’s team leader for environmental health, said the Northern NSW Local Health District reported a whopping 429 cases of Ross River Virus in 2020, “This is the second highest number of registered cases, compared to an average of 135 cases per year in the last 30 years

The free SMS program provides the tips and tools needed to keep us safe from mosquitoes and the growing risk of mosquito-borne diseases “When you join, you will also receive a training package with helpful information and Mozzie repellants

“We know that Ross River virus cases are most commonly reported in late summer and early fall Therefore, it is important that residents get on board now and know what they can do to protect themselves and the community, “said Picerni

Authorities recommend wearing long, loose-fitting clothing, especially at dusk, to keep mosquitoes at bay. Fotowelt bewohnencom

The most common mosquito-borne diseases in northern rivers are Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus

The new SMS program encourages households to take action by reducing habitats for the backyard mosquito brood and ensuring personal protection

The text messages, including videos, pictures, and popular Mozzie myth busters, are sent based on seasonal and weather factors, including tides and rainfall, to remind us to take risk mitigation measures at the most effective time

“If we all do our part in our own garden, we can make a difference and help protect the entire community,” Picerni said

To register, simply go to the Tackling Mosquitoes Together website and click on the registration for the SMS program: www Combat Mosquito Together

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