The Council’s Environmental Health Officers are responsible for the follow-up investigation regarding cases of notifiable infectious diseases within the Town of Claremont.
Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus are the most common mosquito-borne diseases in South Western Australia and are contracted when a person is bitten by a mosquito infected with the virus. These infections generally occur during the summer months and are confirmed via blood test. There are various measures that can be taken to minimise your risk of obtaining a mosquito-borne disease:
- Avoid being outside during dusk and the early evening.
- Wear loose fitting, long clothing when outdoors.
- Use suitable personal insect repellent.
Further information is available at the following Department of Health - Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus click here
Legionella bacteria thrive in warm, damp environments and are commonly spread through air conditioning and water systems as well as potting mixes, mulches, composts and garden soils. This bacteria has the ability to cause serious illness if it is inhaled or ingested. This infection can be prevented through the use of some protective measures:
- Always wear gloves.
- Keep the mix damp when in use.
- Avoid inhaling the mix.
- Wash hand thoroughly after use.
Further information is available at the following Department of Health - Legionnaires click here