Mt Perry mozzie survey

SURVEY: Searching for the Aedes aegypti mosquito.
SURVEY: Searching for the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

A MOSQUITO survey has commenced in Mt Perry to assist with identifying species within in the area.

Environmental Health Officers will be conducting the survey in conjunction with the Wide Bay Public Health Unit over the next three months, searching for a specific mosquito, Aedes aegypti.

This breed of Mosquito has not yet been encountered in Mt Perry despite it being found elsewhere in the North Burnett.

Councillor John Bowen explained the Aedes aegypti mosquito is endemic in North Queensland and has been responsible for a number of Dengue Fever outbreaks in recent years.

"Council now has RSVP which stands for 'Rapid Surveillance for Vector Presence' which can specifically identify the Aedes aegypti mosquito eggs by using ovitraps,” Cr Bowen said.

"The analytical technique of RSVP is so sensitive it can detect one mosquito egg in 5,000 eggs.”

Cr Bowen said that the ovitraps traps consist of a small bucket of water fitted with a strip of paper to enable the mosquito to lay their eggs.

These traps will be deployed around Mt Perry for three months with paper strips collected each fortnight for testing, residents are advised not to tamper with the traps.

Cr Bowen said that it is great to see the two levels of government working together to promote public health within rural communities.

For further information regarding the Mt Perry mosquito survey, please contact Council's Environmental Services staff on 1300696272.

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