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The Far West LHD Media Unit is responsible for all media inquiries and interviews with Far West LHD staff members. The Unit regularly advises on major public health issues and disease outbreaks, through media releases, media conferences and, sometimes, special telephone hotlines.

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The Media Officer for Far West LHD is Branko Licul on 0411 119 592 or email branko.licul@health.nsw.gov.au

The Media Unit is the primary point of contact for news organisations. All media enquiries must come through the Media Unit in the first instance. This includes:

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Staff are not permitted to speak to journalists or representatives of media organisations without the knowledge or permission of the Media Officer.

An On-Call Media Officer is available after normal business hours to assist media with urgent enquiries. This is organised on a roster basis and the correct person to contact is available via a voicemail message on 0411 119 592.




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13 November 2018

Don't Let Mosquitoes Ruin Your Holidays

NSW Health is reminding people to protect themselves against mosquitoes when spending time 

Dr Cameron Webb, Medical Entomologist at NSW Health Pathology, said the warmer weather is a time 
for increasing mosquito activity and it is important to prepare against the diseases carried by 
them such as Ross River and Barmah Forest virus.

"The incidence of Ross River and Barmah Forest virus infections increases over hotter months, 
especially with people spending more time outside," Dr Webb said.

"Although these diseases are usually found in mosquitoes in rural and bushy areas around Sydney, 
people should still take precautions against mosquito and insect bites.

"Symptoms usually develop in around seven to 10 days and can resemble the flu, with aches and pains 
in muscles and joints. There can also be a rash associated with them, and a general feeling of 
feeling weak or unwell.

"Most people recover in a few weeks, some will continue to experience symptoms like joint pain and 
fatigue for many months," Dr Webb said.

NSW has robust system around the notification of mosquito-borne disease that includes the trapping 
of mosquitoes to monitor their abundance and the activity of viruses that causes diseases.

There is currently no vaccine for either disease so preventing them means avoiding the bites of 
mosquitoes that spread them.

People are being urged to take the following steps to avoid mosquito bites.

  • Avoid being outside unprotected, particularly during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • When outside cover up as much as possible with light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing and covered footwear.
  • Apply mosquito repellent regularly to exposed areas (as directed on the container). Repellents containing Diethyl Toluamide (DEET) or Picaridin are best.
  • Do not use repellents on the skin of children under the age of three months. Instead, use physical barriers such as netting on prams, cots and play areas for babies.
  • Screen all windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • When camping, use flyscreens, or sleep under mosquito nets.
  • Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by getting rid of items that hold water or by emptying the containers.

For more information see the NSW Health Mosquitoes are a Health Hazard factsheet -  

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