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Ross River Virus in Australia

04 Apr 2014

The Health Department of Western Australia has reported 110 cases of Ross River virus (RRV) infection since July 2013, which is is keeping with the annual average number of cases. RRV infections were identified in Kimberley (44 cases) and Pilbara regions (66 cases) of the state.

An unexpected spike in cases was observed during February and March 2014, when 43 cases of RRV were recorded. Health officials expect the number of new infections to decline as the rainy season comes to an end.

Advice for Travellers

Avoidance of mosquito bites, particularly during daylight hours, by 'covering up' and the use of bite avoidance measures are recommended. Those at increased risk include babies, young children, tourists and those living or camping near swamp and river systems during the evening and night.

Further information on mosquito bite avoidance.