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10 February 2012 08:27
People in an area of Australia have been warned about mosquitoes (AP)
If you're preparing for a family holiday to Australia you may want to arrange some
medical travel insurance first following predictions of a mosquito outbreak.
Health officials have warned people living in or visiting Moreton Bay in Queensland that a recent spate of heavy rain and consequent flooding has provided a fertile breeding ground for the insects.
The Murrumba Downs area was highlighted as being particularly at risk, however it was claimed that 1.4 million Australian dollars is spent every year on on mosquito control.
Councillor David Dwyer said: "Recent conditions have created ideal breeding grounds for mozzies, with fresh-water pooling in backyards and natural ponds.
"Mosquitoes tend to multiply rapidly in the right weather conditions and often there's only a small window of opportunity available to treat breeding hot spots.
"While some tidal salt marshes remain inaccessible, council is already targeting known breeding sites near residential areas including freshwater habitats, drains, parks and other waterways."
19 January 2017
Nearly 1,000 people have had their holidays in Gambia cut short amid growing political unrest in the African state.
18 January 2017
Researchers at Cambridge University may have made a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, according to preliminary findings.
17 January 2017
Stansted Airport has made a bid to become Britain's next hub for long-haul travel, as passengers are promised seamless connection facilities and baggage transfer.
13 January 2017
Long-term goals such as travelling more and visiting new places have come above healthy eating and changing jobs in a list of the top New Year's resolutions.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.