Buruli ulcer project considers mosquito control program


Some areas of the Peninsula will be part of a mosquito control study being planned for later this year aimed at tackling the spread of the Buruli ulcer. While the study will include mosquito surveillance and trapping, residual harbourage spraying will be carried out on nature strips in some of the study areas to help reduce mosquito numbers. 

“The study will involve small areas within Rye, Sorrento, Blairgowrie and Tootgarook,” Mornington Peninsula Shire said in a statement. “These areas have been selected as they represent the highest risk associated with the active transmission areas of Buruli ulcer in the Mornington Peninsula.

“Mosquito control activities are still being planned but is likely to involve the application of a synthetic pyrethroid pesticide to nature strips through a process called residual harbourage spraying. Fogging will only be used if absolutely necessary and may not be required at all. Larvicide may be used in specific areas that are particularly suited to mosquito breeding.

“Synthetic pyrethroid pesticides have a long history of safe and effective use in mosquito control activities, both in Victoria and overseas.”

The statement said residents would be advised well in advance of the timing of mosquito control activities in their neighbourhood and given the opportunity to opt out should they not wish to be involved in the process. 

“The study is being informed with advice from public health physicians, medical entomologists, council staff and research partners.  A community consultation process is also being planned, and our approach will be further informed by these conversations.”

The program, part of the Beating Buruli in Victoria project, aims to disrupt the transmission of Buruli ulcer and lead to evidence-based policies and guidelines to help stop its spread. It’s being conducted through a partnership between the DHHS, the Doherty Institute, Barwon Health, Austin Health, CSIRO, Agribio, The University of Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula Shire.

For more information about the project, go to www2.health.vic.gov.au/beatingburuli 

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