More cases of Ross River virus infection in Australia

This year, there is an unusually high number of reported cases of Ross River fever in Queensland and New South Wales. In Queensland, to date, there have been 3,292 reported cases, an increase from the 2,835 cases reported in mid-March. In South Burnett, there were 20 cases with 75 infections reported in the Darling Downs region. In Queensland. the current number of cases is the second highest in the past 25 years.

An outbreak in New South Wales included 322 cases with 3 cases in the city of Canberra.

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.

Visit our Health Library for more information on exposure to and the prevention of Ross River Fever.

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