Fight the Bite: Protect yourself against mosquito-borne diseases

Published on Tuesday, 19 March 2024 at 12:35:08 PM

As Easter approaches and Kimberley locals prepare for outdoor activities, a critical warning has been issued by WA Health concerning the rising threat of mosquito-borne diseases. Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) has been detected in mosquitoes and sentinel chickens for the first time this year. The Shire of Derby/West Kimberley advises community members to protect themselves against mosquito bites, using the below tips:

  • Limit outdoor activities during dawn and early evening, peak mosquito hours.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing covering as much skin as possible.
  • Outfit infants and children in appropriate attire, including socks and shoes, and utilise bed or pram netting.
  • Apply an effective mosquito repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus evenly to exposed skin surfaces, following label instructions diligently.
  • Ensure the installation and maintenance of insect screens on residential and caravan windows.
  • Employ mosquito nets and tents designed to prevent mosquito entry when sleeping outdoors.
  • Keep surrounding vegetation trimmed to reduce mosquito breeding habitats around the home.

Let’s all stay safe while we are out an about in our beautiful region. Prioritising mosquito bite prevention measures is paramount when engaging in outdoor activities such as fishing, camping or exploring. By heeding these warnings and adopting proactive strategies, individuals can significantly reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses, safeguarding their health and well-being during this festive season and beyond.

For more information, visit the Department of Health website: Mosquito warning for Kimberley residents and Easter travellers (

There is also information on our website about mosquito management and what the Shire is doing to prevent and manage mosquitos in our region: Mosquito Management

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