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FROM THE COMMONWEALTH MINISTER FOR HEALTH THE HON. M. J. R. MACKELLAR

NATIONAL MOSQUITO CONTROL COURSE AT MILDURA

The annual National Mosquito Vector Control Course

is being held at Mildura this week. The course, which continues

until Friday, is conducted by the Commonwealth Department of

Health with assistance from the Victorian Health Commission and

the Shire of Mildura. -

The Minister for Health, the Hon. Michael MacKellar,

said today that 40 people were participating, including health

surveyors from all the mainland States, hygiene officers from

the Armed Forces, and some medical practitioners.

South Pacific countries are represented by three

health workers attending under the sponsorship of the World

Health Organization.

The Shire of Mildura is again hosting the course.

Lecturers from the Commonwealth Department of Health, the Comm­

onwealth Institute of Health, the John Curtin School of Medical

Research and the University of Western Australia are instructing

the participants in identification and control measures for

vectors of vector-borne diseases.

Mr MacKellar said this year's course was continuing

to place emphasis on the international aspects of insect-borne

diseases which affect human health. This was particularly im- .

portant in view of the world-wide resurgence of malaria and the

spread in Pacific countries in recent months of diseases such as

dengue fever and Ross River fever infections.

There has been sporadic reporting of cases of Aust­

ralian encephalitis throughout northern Australia.

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The possibility of the re-introduction of endemic

malaria and the re-establishment of dengue fever in northern

Queensland was a matter of great concern for public health

authorities.

By providing basic training in the identification and

control of mosquito vectors, the courses were making a vital

contribution to the control of all vector-borne diseases, both

in Australia and neighbouring countries.

CANBERRA, 25 November 1981