More cases of Ross River fever expected after rains prolong mosquito season

Health authorities in Western Australia's Gascoyne and Pilbara regions are warning the population to take extra care to avoid mosquito bites. Heavy rainfall and localized flooding will probably prolong the mosquito season and lead to a greater than expected number of cases of Ross River fever. 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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