Monsoon sparks Top End mosquito boomBy Melanie Arnost, Thursday January 24, 2013 - 11:51 EDT
The Northern Territory Health Department says recent monsoonal rains in the Top End have led to a mosquito population boom.
It says the weekend rains encouraged backyard mosquitoes to begin breeding.
The Director of Medical Entomology Peter Whelan says the risk of being bitten by a disease-carrying mosquito has doubled.
"We've got more mosquitoes around now capable of carrying Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest virus," he said.
He says Territorians need to be careful of the heightened risk.
"Have a look around your own backyard and get rid of the backyard mossies.
"If you're going out into the environment or you live near creeks or swamps make sure you avoid the worst problem areas in the worst time of the day which is generally in the mornings and evenings."
© ABC 2013
More breaking news
Farm Management Deposits changes will give farmers chance to help themselves, once they have cash to spare
The Federal Government has introduced legislation to overhaul the Farm Management Deposits scheme, which it says will help farmers to help themselves.
Perth has recorded its fourth consecutive day of temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius, equalling a record that has stood for more than 80 years, as a heatwave continues to grip the city.
The first ten days of February have set a new record for Hobart with each day breaking the 21 degree mark, although a series of fronts on the forecast will bring a cooler change.