Following a confirmed case of Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) in the state, Brisbane authorities have ramped up anti-mosquito measures, such as conducting a spraying blitz across a number of suburbs, including Deception Bay.
The spraying blitz was already conducted across 60 suburbs in Brisbane, with Council deploying four all-terrain vehicles, two electric buggies and more than 20 spray trucks for the operation.
“In the aftermath of one of the worst floods in Brisbane’s history, we’re facing our next challenge: keeping mosquitoes under control,” said Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner.
Cr Schrinner revealed that about 1,400 of the city’s 2,400 breeding sites were triggered by the recent rainfall and the action Council is taking now will put a stop to a severe post-flood mosquito problem.
Whilst there’s already a spraying blitz going on across the city, residents are being reminded to be more cautious as there’s a noticeable increase in freshwater mosquitoes.
Cr Schrinner reminded residents of the vital part they played in mosquito protection and urged people to scour their properties for empty bodies of water.
This includes removing containers of water that may be laying around and sweeping back yards every week as it takes just half a cup of water to attract mosquitoes to breed.
The Australian Government announced that it would spend $70 million to combat Japanese encephalitis, which includes purchasing 130,000 doses of vaccine to protect people from the deadly virus.
The additional JEV vaccines, which will be available from late March to April 2022, will be distributed equitably to states and territories.
At present, there are two human JEV vaccines available on the Australian market, Imojev (Sanofi-Aventis Australia) and JEspect (Seqirus).
Imojev is a single dose vaccine which supports broad use and rapid vaccination, however it is not suitable for pregnant women or people who are immunocompromised. JEspect, is given in two dose course and is suitable for most people who can’t receive the Imojev vaccine.
Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said there were currently 15 confirmed human cases of JEV in New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.