Heavy rains increase risk of Ross River Virus infections in parts of Australia

Heavy rains and flooding in area of the city of Perth, as well as the states of New South Wales and Victoria, have created extensive breeding grounds for mosquitoes that can carry the Ross River virus. So far, at least 200 people have been infected, including 1 case in the city of Melbourne.

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Advice For Travellers

The risk of exposure for most travellers is low. The virus that causes Ross River fever is transmitted only through the bite of an infected mosquito. Travellers to areas where this virus is active should take all necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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