Increases in Ross River fever reported in Queensland, Australia

Ross River virus infections in Queensland have increased significantly compared to last year at this time. So far, more than 380 residents of Queensland have been infected, mostly in Brisbane (150 cases) and on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. A prolonged mosquito season is blamed for the increases.

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.