Anyone heard of the latest pest in danger of finding a home in FNQ, the Asian Tiger Mosquito? (Aedes Alborictus) A particularly nasty breed of mossie that has caused problems in PNG and is already in the Islands.
Its effects are far worse than Ross River Virus, with far more severe joint pain along with vomiting, severe fatigue and headaches.
It usually doesn't kill but is very debilitating. As the carrier of Dengue Fever it also strikes during the day or dusk as well as being highly aggressive.
It's called the BBQ stopper. Already found in The States it impacts on lifestyle in certain areas with the danger of being outside. Doctors in Australia have misdiagnosed the virus confusing it with Dengue or not finding the problem at all. A number of folk have returned from Bali with the virus. It can take a matter of weeks or nine months or more to recover.
A few isolated mossies have been found by Cairns Port and some in a hot house in Melbourne after the import of bamboo from China, but appears yet to get a foothold in Australia.
It is thought it could go as far as Melbourne if does so, as such is not purely a tropical based issue.
Anyone heard of the Asian Tiger Mossie? It has black and white stripes. Hence the name. Anyone encountered Dengue in FNQ? There was a major outbreak a few years back.