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Health alert as winter rains ideal for mosquito breeding

No one likes mosquitoes — and this spring you’re going to hate them even more.

Some parts of Perth are being told to brace for a rapid increase, with Mother Nature being blamed.

We’ve had exceptionally wet winter that smashed an August record for Perth — its highest rainfall in 50 years.

But all that water does present a problem now that spring is full in swing.

All that rain’s provided ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed.

Expect a lot more of them – that’s the warning from some authorities.

They may be small, but they’re incredibly dangerous if they’re carrying diseases like Ross River virus.

Just ask Elena Volodchenko who thought she had a brain tumour and her body was shutting down.

She was eventually diagnosed with Ross River virus.

If it’s a dry, warm spring — the City of Rockingham is expecting an increase in mosquito numbers.

Because of all the water new breeding ground have popped up in pockets around the southern suburbs that aren’t normally used to high levels of mosquito activity.

The council has issued used a warning to residents to take extra precautions over the coming weeks.

There is no vaccine for Ross River virus and there is no cure.

The Health Department says it’s too early know to if there is a serious public health concern for the months ahead.

It’s advice is don’t be complacent.

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