Queensland braces for invasion of disease-carrying mosquitoes in the wake of Debbie

Mosquitos could be out in force after Cyclone Debbie in north Queensland. Photo/Getty Images
Mosquitos could be out in force after Cyclone Debbie in north Queensland. Photo/Getty Images

Residents in cyclone-ravaged north Queensland are being warned about an impending mosquito invasion with the threat of insects could spread disease.

The Whitsunday Regional Council says the heavy rains and pools of still water following Cyclone Debbie provide the perfect breeding ground for "an influx" of mosquitoes in coming weeks, according to Daily Mail.

The insects can carry diseases such as Dengue Fever, Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus.

Cyclone Debbie tore through north Queensland in late last month, leaving a damage bill expected to be in the billions.

Tens of thousands of homes were without power for days and Daydream Island operators expect the resort island to remain closed until mid-2018 after bringing forward a planned refurbishment.

- Daily Mail

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