Alert over virus-carrying mosquito
5:00AM Wednesday December 19, 2007

Summer revellers in Kaipara, Coromandel and Wairau, near Blenheim, are being urged to be alert to aggressive virus-carrying mosquitoes.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Biosecurity has been eradicating the Australian southern salt marsh mosquito, which can be a carrier of the Ross River virus, in those areas.

Ross River virus causes symptoms such as sore muscles and joints, fever, chills, sweating, headaches and tiredness. Though it is not fatal, in some cases it can take more than a year to recover from.

Incursion manager David Yard said the risk of southern salt marsh mosquito activity was low, but people needed to remain vigilant and immediately report any possible findings.

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