Beating Buruli – mosquito control study

Published on 17 July 2019

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Joint media statement on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services and Mornington Peninsula Shire.


As part of the Beating Buruli in Victoria project, a mosquito control study is being planned for parts of the Mornington Peninsula later this year.

The study will involve mosquito surveillance, mosquito trapping and mosquito control activities.

Mosquito control will involve the spraying of nature strips using synthetic pyrethroid pesticides.

Fogging will only be used if absolutely necessary and may not be required at all.

Larvicide may be used in specific areas that are particularly suited to mosquito breeding.

Synthetic pyrethroid pesticides have a long history of safe and effective use in mosquito control activities, both in Victoria and overseas.

The study is being informed with advice from public health physicians, medical entomologists, council staff and research partners.

A community consultation process is also being planned, and our approach will be further informed by these conversations.

Residents will be advised well in advance of the timing of mosquito control activities in their neighbourhood and given the opportunity to opt out should they not wish to be involved in the process.

We will be making every effort to minimise any impact to the local bee populations. That means not spraying near beehives.

The study will involve small areas within Rye, Sorrento, Blairgowrie and Tootgarook.

These areas have been selected as they represent the highest risk associated with the active transmission areas of Buruli ulcer in the Mornington Peninsula.

Background:

The Beating Buruli in Victoria project aims to disrupt the transmission of Buruli ulcer and lead to evidence-based policies and guidelines to help stop its spread.

The project is being conducted through a collaborative partnership between Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services, the Doherty Institute, Barwon Health, Austin Health, CSIRO, Agribio, The University of Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula Shire.

The map below shows the townships where the study will be taking place:

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For more information about the project and for media enquiries please visit www2.health.vic.gov.au/beatingburuli