Australia's silent danger....mosquitos
Australia's silent danger....mosquitos Reviews
Jul 11, 2007
The average visitor to Australia worries about all the dangerous creepy crawlies like spiders, snakes, and poisonous sea creatures.
The average Australian sees this as extrememly harmless and in fact no one has died of a spider bite since 1984 and you are much more likely to die in a car crash, from smoking, or heart disease from eating too much McDonalds..
However this is one silent little insect which is causing havoc across the continent.
And it's the humble Mosquito.
The virus is Ross River Virus.
It is an incredibly debilitating disease that hits about 5000 people in Australia every year. It is a combination of crippling Arthritis and a massive case of Chronic Fatigue at the same time. Result - more or less bed ridden and in agony from anywhere from a few months to a few years.
There is no cure.
Visitors to Australia should be aware that if mossies like to bite them then they should be investing in a few simple steps to reduce their exposure to bites.
This includes good quality bushman type repellant that MUST contain at LEAST 10% DEET. Always wear long sleeve loose clothing if possible, use smoke repellants, and keep tent's zipped/windows shut up at all times. Obviously mosquitos are always found where there is water and are prevalent in the tropical areas but not limited just to them.
For more information search the web for
Ross River Virus.
or go to:
Part of the list My Australia
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