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Beat the Bite!

Protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases.

We love getting outdoors while the weather is warm. The problem is so do the mozzies. They’re not just annoying; some mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases. There are simple ways you can Beat the bite! and protect yourself and your family.

Mosquito-borne diseases – the facts!

  • Not all mosquitoes carry diseases. Most mosquitoes are just a nuisance.
  • You can only catch mosquito-borne diseases from the bite of an infected mosquito. You cannot catch them from an infected person or animal.
  • The best protection from mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Mosquito-borne diseases typically occur around inland waterways and coastal regions.
  • Mosquitoes need water to breed. Heavy rains and flooding can bring more mosquitoes.

Mosquito-borne diseases in Victoria

Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus disease
The symptoms for Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus diseases are similar. Both can cause joint swelling and pain, fatigue and muscle aches. Many people also develop a rash and some may also experience a fever. Everyone recovers, although some people can have symptoms on and off for a year or more.

Murray Valley Encephalitis Virus disease
Murray Valley Encephalitis Virus (MVEV) disease is rare but can be very serious. As with other forms of encephalitis (brain infection), it can cause swelling of the brain, which can lead to brain damage or death.

Most people who get the virus show no symptoms at all. For those that do, it can take around seven to 28 days between getting bitten and becoming sick. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, seizure (especially in young children), neck stiffness, drowsiness and confusion. In severe cases, delirium and coma can follow.

For more information download the Beat the Bite! brochure, visit www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au or contact Council on (03) 5559 4800. 

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