WA Health is urging Kimberley locals and travellers to protect themselves against mosquito bites, after Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) was found in mosquitoes and sentinel chickens for the first time this year.

The warning follows other recent mosquito-borne disease activity in the region, with human cases of Ross River virus well above average and virus detections in mosquitoes.

Managing Scientist Dr Andrew Jardine said recent activity followed significant rainfall in the region, which created ideal conditions for mosquitoes.

Mick Ryan , Environmental Health Manager from Kimberley Population Health Unit, WA Country Health Service joined Nathalia Imberlong for a chat.

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