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Risk of dengue fever from unsealed water tanks

  • 17 May 2019

Brisbane residents are urged to have their water tanks checked properly, after a CSIRO study revealed that non-compliant tanks may provide the ideal environment for the mosquito Aedes aegypti, the type that is known for spreading dengue fever.

Unsealed, damaged or modified rainwater tanks could allow the tropical mosquito species to move around freely and potentially survive during Brisbane winter, risking an outbreak of the infectious disease. Findings of a controlled experiment show that 70% of the mosquito species was able to survive to adulthood in rainwater tanks.

The water tanks don't need to be removed, but they should be checked and maintained to prevent them from forming the ideal environment for Aedes aegypti to thrive.

When was the last time you had a rainwater tank treatment and a professional inspect your water tank?

To avoid the risk of getting infected with dengue fever and allowing the mosquitoes to survive in your water tank, you should have it inspected and your water treated rather sooner than later.

If you’d like one of our qualified plumbers to conduct a proper check-up of your tank or want to book in a rainwater treatment, then give us a call on 1300 712 028.

 

 

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