Coming from a country that is plagued by mozzies outside of the summer season, this is very good news for me.

$70m plan to eradicate mosquito on track
12:21PM Tuesday April 01, 2008

A $70 million southern saltmarsh mosquito eradication programme is on track to be completed in 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) says.

In its latest issue of Biosecurity, MAF documents the struggle to rid the country of the mosquito, first discovered in New Zealand in 1999.

The mosquito, from Australia, can carry the debilitating human disease, ross river virus.

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.

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