We all know mosquitoes can be a nuisance, but some can spread serious diseases when they bite.
The most common disease spread by mosquitoes in South Australia is Ross River virus, followed by Barmah Forest virus.
There is currently a higher risk of mosquito-borne Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin viruses in South Australia, particularly in regions along the River Murray. A sentinel chicken based at Meningie has tested positive for Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin viruses. View the 13 January 2021 public health alert for further information and avoid mosquito bites.
There is currently no cure and no vaccine for any of these viruses.
The only way to protect yourself and your family is to avoid being bitten.
Ways you can protect yourself in and around the home, includes how to stop mosquitoes from breeding.
How to protect your baby or toddler from mosquito bites, includes recommended mosquito repellents by age.
Mosquito borne disease explained
Some mosquitoes can spread rare, but more serious and sometimes fatal diseases. Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin viruses can be spread by mosquitoes in SA.