Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website might contain images of people who are deceased.

Trip Planner

Mosquito-borne viruses

The NT Department of Health has issued an alert for Japanese encephalitis (JE) and Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) for the Top End area, including East Arnhem Land. 

Residents and visitors are urged to avoid being bitten by mosquitos by taking the following precautions:

  • use a mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon or eucalyptus
  • wear light-coloured protective clothing, with long sleeves, if in outdoor, mosquito-prone areas
  • avoid the outdoors around dusk and dawn, and at night in areas of high vegetation
  • use mosquito-proof accommodation and camping facilities at night
  • use mosquito coils, mosquito lanterns and barrier sprays containing bifenthrin in patios and outdoor areas near houses
  • ensure children are adequately protected against mosquitoes

More information is available from the NT Department of Health: