Authorities in Australia’s Northern Territory report the worst mosquito plague since records began in 1979. An organization helping homeless people in Darwin is distributing insect repellent and coils to combat the mosquito onslaught.
According to the Larrakia Nation's Margie Egan people living in homeless camps are already having difficulties. They suffer from chronic health problems and there are concerns about additional illnesses from mosquito bites. Larrakia Nation works for homeless people and is helping them by offering long sleeve clothes in order to provide some protection to them.
The officials are worried about the risk of mosquito-borne viruses. They believe that there will be a rise in Ross River Fever and Barmah Forest diseases in the homeless camps in the coming weeks.