New program to stop spread of Zika virus in Bowen

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The Whitsunday Regional Council has partnered with Queensland Health to roll out a prevention and control program to minimise the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Bowen.

Yesterday, councillors and health professionals announced that they will begin inspection of yards and premises to apply mosquito traps and control chemicals if breeding sites are found.

Locals are encouraged to check their property and undertake the following steps:

  • Remove unused containers that may hold water like old tyres, tins and toys
  • Remove screen openings on rainwater tanks
  • Cover openings on wells and septic tanks
  • Clean out bird baths and pet water bowls every four days
  • Fill pot plant bases with sand
  • Ensure all water can be drained from boats or stored under cover
  • Clean out gutters and drains around the house

Residents should also protect themselves by wearing light coloured clothing, avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active and wear insect repellent.

For further information on the new program, visit Queensland Health at www.health.qld.gov.au