Ross River fever outbreak is worst in 20 years in Australia

Health authorities in Queensland are reporting the worst outbreak of Ross River virus outbreak in almost 20 years. Since January, there have been 2,835 reported cases. Affected areas include Brisbane (Metro South and Metro North), the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

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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