Heavy rains lead to mosquito population boom in Australia

Mosquitoes could become a serious problem in Australia.

Mosquitoes could become a serious problem in Australia. Image by John Tann / CC BY 2.0

Warm weather and floods could lead to an increased risk of mosquito-borne viruses across many parts of Australia including Alice Springs and Brisbane. Heavy rainfall in central Australia has left pools of standing water where mosquito numbers multiply. Murray Valley encephalitis virus, which can lead to coma and brain damage, and the more common Ross River virus, can be spread by mosquitoes, so residents have been advised to use mosquito repellant liberally and to cover up exposed limbs. Read more: theguardian.com

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