Mosquito numbers are high at the moment After all the rain we’ve had this summer, it’s not surprising that mosquito numbers are high at the moment. Its amazing how one solitary buzzing mosquito can torment you after you turn out the light.
Apart from the annoyance a bite can cause, it can also lead to serious illness. Mosquitos can carry infectious organisms - in other countries malaria is a big killer, but most notable in this part of the world are Ross River Fever and Barmah Forest Fever, viruses which can cause severe joint pain, rash and lethargy and can hang around for ages. In the north of the state mossies can also transmit Dengue Fever, another virus which can be life threatening. There’s no treatment, so avoiding being bitten is important.
Mosquitos are attracted to the carbon dioxide you exhale, and it’s got nothing to do with your blood type or how much vitamin B is in your diet. The only reliable way to prevent bites is to cover up your skin or wear DEET repellent. Citronella and other natural repellents have to be reapplied very frequently to be even partially effective. There’s a lot to be said for the good old mosquito net too, but watch out for holes, and you may have to take it down every week and wash the dust off it if you’re prone to hayfever.
Hopefully the mossies won’t last for too much longer, but by the time they’ve gone, the flu season will be upon us, so do pop in and get your flu shots this month!
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” - Dalai Lama XIV
Dr Fiona Bisshop is an experienced GLBTIQ Doctor. She practices at the Central Brunswick Medical Centre.
Mosquito numbers are high at the moment
After all the rain we’ve had this summer, it’s not surprising that mosquito numbers are high at the moment. Its amazing how one solitary buzzing mosquito can torment you after you turn out the light.