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Aussie Mozzies Not Dangerous? Let’s Swat That Myth!


Australians tend to think of our “home-grown” mosquitoes as annoying rather than dangerous. That’s a mistake, according to one of Australia’s best-known mosquito experts, Dr Cameron Webb, an entomologist based at the University of Sydney.

It’s true that dengue fever, arguably our best-known mosquito-borne virus, is now well-established in Queensland’s tropical Far North. But dengue owes its higher national profile less to locally transmitted infections and more to the fact that many of the 1238 cases recorded by Aussies this year are holiday mementos, mainly from Indonesia.