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Mosquito control measures at Lytton

Queensland Health is undertaking mosquito control measures at Lytton after the detection of two species of invasive mosquito.

“People should not be concerned if they see mosquito control measures, including spraying, being conducted in and around the Lytton area. These detections happen from time to time, and we respond appropriately,” said Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett.

“Routine mosquito surveillance detected life stages of the Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus). Further precautionary surveillance in adjacent areas detected a specimen of a different exotic mosquito—Aedes aegypti—in the Lytton commercial precinct.”

Health authorities believe both mosquitoes are likely to have come in via imported goods.

“While these mosquitoes can carry diseases such as dengue, chikungunya or Zika virus, no immediate threat exists, and there is no suggestion that these detections present any risk of disease introduction,” said Dr Bennett.

Business and land owners in the relevant areas have been notified.

Precautionary measures have been taken, including fumigation, onsite fogging and residual insecticide spraying of the affected premises.

In response to the recent Aedes aegypti detection, additional inspections and trapping are being undertaken in surrounding locations.

Current mosquito control measures are focussed in commercial/industrial areas rather than residential locations

Queensland Health has extensive experience and success in working with local councils to control problematic mosquito species, particularly in the state’s north.

All spraying is conducted professionally and safely, and poses no risk to people or pets.

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Last updated: 4 January 2018