About Zika virus
Zika is a mosquito-borne virus transmitted to humans by infected vector mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus), the same species which can transmit dengue fever. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are common in northern Queensland towns (with smaller numbers in some areas of central and south west Queensland). In Australia, Aedes albopictus control has confined it to the islands of the Torres Strait.
Zika virus is usually a mild disease, however given the possible risk to unborn babies, pregnant women or women planning a pregnancy should consider deferring travel to affected areas. On 1 February 2016 the World Health Organization declared that the observed clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders, possibly associated with Zika virus, constituted a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Updates are available from the World Health Organization situation reports2.
Outbreaks also occurred in some countries in the Pacific since 2013.
DIY spraying your home
Simple, preventive action can be taken in and around the home to kill the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The mosquito is often found in dark areas around your home such as under beds and other furniture.
This video shows you how to spray your home with household residual surface spray to kill these mosquitoes. Please use residual surface spray according to the manufacturer’s directions. These sprays last a minimum of six weeks. If you have a respiratory condition or sensitivity you should have somebody else do the spraying for you, or alternatively seek advice from your doctor before commencing spraying.
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