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Surveillance - Torres Strait Health Protection Strategy-Mosquito control
What it doesAedes albopictus, a mosquito which is exotic to Australia and capable of spreading dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases, was discovered in the Torres Strait in 2005.
The object of this program is the surveillance, control and possible elimination of Aedes albopictus in the Torres Strait and prevention of spread of Aedes albopictus from the Torres Strait to mainland Australia.
The program involves activities to:
- monitor the current distribution of Aedes albopictus in the Torres Strait region
- prevent the expansion of Aedes albopictus outside of the Torres Strait
- increase the community council activity in controlling container breeding mosquitoes
- increase knowledge in Torres Strait and Northern Peninsular Area communities regarding the prevention of dengue fever and control of container breeding mosquitoes in general
- eliminate Aedes albopictus when detected in the ‘Cordon Sanitaire’ area (Thursday Island and Horn Island) or on the mainland.
Queensland Health administers the program through the Cairns Public Health Unit