Are we doing enough to promote the effective use of mosquito repellents?

Cameron E Webb
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (3): 128-129. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01237

Health authorities need to review recommendations on how to choose and use mosquito repellents

Mosquito-borne pathogens remain a threat to public health in Australia. The activity of dengue and chikungunya viruses has increased across South-East Asia and the Pacific region in recent years, and the number of travellers returning to Australia infected with mosquito-borne pathogens has steadily grown.1 Annual notifications of endemic mosquito-borne disease resulting from infection with Ross River or Barmah Forest viruses persist at around 5000 cases a year in Australia, and local transmission of dengue viruses remains a threat in Far North Queensland.2

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  • Cameron E Webb

  • Westmead Hospital and University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.

Competing interests:

My department, Pathology West, Institute for Clinical Pathology and Medical Research, Westmead, has received consultancy fees for laboratory testing of insect repellent formulations from companies and individuals associated with the development, manufacture, distribution and marketing of insect repellents in Australia.

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