Mosquito warning for the Kimberley

19 March 2024

Kimberley residents and travellers are urged protect themselves against mosquito bites after a rise in Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) and Ross River virus (RRV).

Mosquito on a person's arm

Mosquito activity is set to rise during the wet season, so anyone in the Kimberley should make sure to protect themselves, particularly while they are outside.

Protect yourself from mosquitoes by:

  • wearing suitable long and loose clothing
  • using effective mosquito repellents containing diethyltoluamide (DEET) picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (also known as PMD)
  • empty water from containers around your home or accommodation to stop mosquitoes breeding

Maintaining insect screens on houses and using mosquito nets when sleeping outside is also recommended.

Learn more about mosquitoes, the diseases they spread and how to protect yourself.