Ross River virus infections increase in Victoria, Australia

By the end of 2016, Ross River virus infections in the state of Victoria increased by 50 % compared to the previous year. A total of 314 people were diagnosed with this infection. Health officials are warning the population to follow precautions to avoid mosquito bites, particularly outside of Melbourne where the insects are more likely to be carrying the disease.


The risk for the general traveller is low, and 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.