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Deadly mosquitoes spreading through Australian airports

March 17, 2014 Airport, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Bio-security officers from Australia’s Department of Agriculture have discovered at Melbourne Airport mosquitoes that spread the potentially fatal dengue and yellow fever viruses.

In a shock disclosure at the weekend, Melbourne’s Age newspaper revealed that the inspectors found the mozzies during a routine inspection of the plastic, water-filled bollards used to manage traffic in and around the airport.

The discovery appears to be a serious breach of Australia’s stringent quarantine system, the paper reported. And it gets worse, because the same sort of mosquitoes are believed to have been found at airports in Adelaide and Perth, the Age reported.

Colonies of the insects could be spreading into the surrounding environment and travelling interstate on passenger and cargo planes.

Health authorities have started spraying baggage tunnels with insecticide and poisoning the breeding sites in the bollards with larvicide.

“Department of Agriculture and the state Health Department are liaising with the airport to ensure all identified breeding sites are effectively treated,” a Department of Agriculture spokesman told the paper.

The aedes aegypti mosquito is typically found in tropical and subtropical climates such as in Queensland, Africa and Asia.

Written by William Sykes

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