Nov 8th 2022
Summer and the increase of Mosquito-Borne diseases
With summer comes the increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases. These diseases can have a significant impact on businesses, especially those that are located in areas where there is a high density of mosquitoes. Companies can take several steps to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases, and it is important for businesses to have a safety plan in place.
The Risks of Mosquito-Borne Diseases in Australia
A number of different mosquito-borne diseases can be found in Australia, including Japanese Encephalitis, Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, and Dengue Fever. These diseases can have a range of symptoms, from mild fever and rash to more severe symptoms, such as joint pain, headaches, and fatigue. In some cases, these diseases can even lead to death.
Recent Government Warnings
With the threat of Japanese encephalitis rapidly on the rise, New South Wales and Queensland health authorities have issued a warning to residents in at-risk areas. According to these experts, this summer will be a "high risk" period for infections due to the recent months of flooding rains that have triggered a massive mosquito boom. In response to this threat, the state's Australian Medical Association strongly urges eligible residents to vaccinate against JEV–a potentially fatal disease.
How Businesses Can Reduce the Risk of Mosquito-Borne Diseases
There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For example, ensure that doors and windows are screened so mosquitoes cannot enter the premises. In addition, businesses should provide employees with insect repellent and encourage them to use it when working outdoors. Businesses should consider having their premises sprayed with an insecticide by a professional pest control company.
Finally, you should follow all directions and recommendations made by health authorities, including any guidance on proper preventative measures or recommended medications.
Have the Right Plans & Procedures in Place
Mosquito-borne diseases can have a significant impact on businesses in Australia. It is important for companies to be aware of the risks and take steps to reduce the chances of their employees or customers contracting a disease. Having a mosquito-borne disease safety plan in place or using a Standard Operating Procedure are just two ways to reduce the risk of these diseases impacting your business.
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Author - Craig Cruickshank is the HSEQ Manager and Senior Technical Advisor at SafetyDocs by SafetyCulture.
Craig comes from a construction and environmental background, with experience in both the private and public sectors and is passionate about making health and safety information easy to find and understand for everyone.
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