Residents of Western Australia should take a look at the state government’s mosquito-borne disease risk maps to determine whether their risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease is high or low, or somewhere in between.
Many areas in the state are situated close to large natural wetlands and/or water bodies such as ponds and lakes, most of them man-made. These bodies of water and wetlands are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and this can put residents at risk.
While we want to live closer to the water and more developers are recognising this and building closer to these bodies of water, we may be at a greater risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
Ross River Virus, Barmah Forest Virus, Kunjun disease and Murray Valley encephalitis are the greatest concerns.
There are 4 categories based on proximity to known mosquito breeding habitat and historical RRV rates, risk maps have been developed for WA with the following four RRV disease risk categories:
- frequent high RRV disease risk
- occasional very high RRV risk
- frequent high and occasional very high RRV disease risk
- low or unknown RRV risk.