With the spate of recent wet weather followed by warmer conditions, mosquitoes have returned to our region in droves.
North coast director of public health Paul Corben warns this is the time to be aware of mosquito-borne infections, particularly Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses, which can have long-term debilitating effects.
Mr Corben said there had been more than 30 cases of the two illnesses reported in the region so far this year, with more than 350 reported in total last year.
Ironically, the very wet weather toward the end of last year and early this year was bad for mosquito breeding. But with rainfall and temperatures returning to normal the mozzies are out and about again.