Ross River virus – Australia
Some parts of Australia are experiencing an outbreak of Ross River virus. An explosion in mosquito numbers has seen a surge in the number of people infected. Area’s at risk are New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, and Western Australia.
Prevention is done by avoiding mosquito bites.
Common symptoms of Ross River virus infection include fever, joint pain, feeling tired and generally unwell. The condition can be debilitating for some who take years to recover. Most people recover in 2-3 weeks.
The virus was first isolated in 1972 from the serum of a boy named Edward River, but the disease has been known since 1928. While originally only found in Australia, the virus has been spotted in India in 2010.
Photo: Aedes aegypti mosquito, vector of the Ross River virus.
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