We all know mosquitoes can be a nuisance, but some can spread serious diseases when they bite.
The most common disease spread by mosquitoes in South Australia is Ross River virus, followed by Barmah Forest virus.
There is currently no cure and no vaccine for these viruses.
The only way to protect yourself and your family is to avoid being bitten.
It is recommended that people use mosquito repellents containing either DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD), that have been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
Ways you can protect yourself in and around the home, includes how to stop mosquitoes from breeding.
How to protect your baby or toddler from mosquito bites, includes recommended mosquito repellents by age.
Ways to protect yourself when on holiday, both in Australia and overseas.
Japanese encephalitis – symptoms, treatment and prevention
Japanese encephalitis is a rare but serious disease caused by the Japanese encephalitis virus.
Japanese encephalitis – agricultural settings
The virus spreads mainly through mosquito-waterbird or mosquito-waterbird-pig cycles.
Mosquito borne disease explained
Some mosquitoes can spread rare, but more serious and sometimes fatal diseases. Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin viruses can be spread by mosquitoes in SA.