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  • Some mosquitoes can carry diseases that are transmitted through mosquito bites.
  • In Victoria, the most common viruses transmitted by mosquitoes to humans are Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses. Infections caused by Japanese encephalitis, Murray Valley encephalitis and West Nile (Kunjin) viruses are rare but have the potential to cause severe disease.
  • The best way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases is by avoiding mosquito bites.
  • It is often necessary for landowners and land occupiers to manage mosquito numbers through an integrated mosquito management program.
  • The Victorian Arbovirus Disease Control Program (VADCP) is a state-wide collaborative program run by the Department of Health and delivered through participating local councils to reduce mosquito-borne diseases. This program includes mosquito surveillance, chemical and physical control, and mosquito bite prevention.
  • Residents also play a role in mosquito management on their own properties by removing mosquito breeding habitats.

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Reviewed on: 10-02-2023