BUZZ OFF: Ipswich City Council Vector Management Officer Angelia Douglass at Queens Park ahead of the mosquito season.
BUZZ OFF: Ipswich City Council Vector Management Officer Angelia Douglass at Queens Park ahead of the mosquito season. Hayden Johnson

Warning as conditions prime for mozzies to take over

A HOTTER and wetter than average year has done wonders for mosquito numbers in the Ipswich region.

Figures released this week show a significant number of Ross-River Virus cases in the West Moreton region, with 91 cases for the year to date.

That figure, reported by finder.com.au, is well above average, with a total of 136 cases recorded between 2012-2016.

It's also more than any other Mosquito-borne disease in the region, with only 12 cases of Dengue Fever and six cases of Barmah Forest Virus diagnosed in West Moreton this year.

There have been 11 cases of malaria in the West Moreton region for 2017.

Queenslanders recorded the highest number of cases at 1,831, with Victoria in close second with 1,676 people struck down with the illness.

The release of the statistics follows Ipswich City Council's recent warning to residents to remove any potential breeding sites, especially in summer.

About the start of summer each year, mating mozzies become a prominent problem for public health.

In December, West Moreton Public Health Unit environmental health manager Bruce Morton said the recent statistics did not amount to an outbreak of mosquito-borne viruses in the region.

"The trend for Ross River virus detections show a slight increase this year which highlights a need for everyone in the community to play their part to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne diseases by removing mosquito breeding sites and protecting themselves from mozzie bites," Mr Morton said.

Residents could check their properties for any containers which could hold water, the preferred breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Empty items such as buckets, tubs, wheelbarrows and tyres should be emptied or removed.

People bitten by mosquitoes, who later experienced a fever accompanied by a rash, headaches, muscle aches, nausea, painful joints or fatigue, should see a doctor.

For further information contact Ipswich City Council on 38106666.