The Chief Health Officer is letting it be known that ACT Health are trying to find out more about what our mosquito populations are up to:
ACT Chief Health Officer, Dr Paul Kelly today announced that the first stage of a mosquito survey is currently being conducted in Canberra to enable a better understandingof the mosquito population in Canberra and to assess their potential to carry disease.
A further survey will be conducted early in 2013 early next year.
“The survey, being conducted by the Department of Entomology at the University of Sydney, will involve trapping mosquitoes in various locations across Canberra using mosquito traps. The traps will be placed at several sites in Canberra close to lakes and nature reserves,” Dr Kelly said.
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“The collected mosquitoes will then be analysed including identifying the species and testing for pathogens.