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FIGHT THE BITE

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Riverlanders are being warned to fight the bite and protect against mosquito bites.

This week the department of heath said the potentially deadly Murray Valley Encephalitis Virus (MVEv) and Kunjin virus had been detected in a sentinel chicken at Meningie.

Last year the same virus was also detected in a surveillance flock at Ramco.

The Department for Health and Wellbeing’s Acting Executive Director of Health Protection and Licensing Services, Dr Fay Jenkins, said “Many people infected with MVEv are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms such as fever, headache and nausea.

Dr Jenkins added “There is no vaccine and no cure for mosquito borne diseases transmitted in South Australia, and the only way of preventing disease is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.

More details can be found via the fight the bite section on the SA Health website.

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