Cases of Ross River Fever increase in Perth, Australia

Due to an increase in the mosquito population brought about by spring rains, Health Department officials are predicting a surge in cases of Ross River virus. In the past month there have been 31 cases in Perth which is more than double the average number of cases. There are 8 additional cases reported outside the Perth area. The virus that causes Ross River fever is transmitted only through the bite of an infected mosquito. Travelelrs to areas where this virus is active should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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