A Mosquito Outbreak Has Tripled Our Ross River Virus Cases

Ross River virus infections in Queensland have more than tripled from the same period last year due to a prolonged mosquito outbreak.

Ross River virus is spread by the bite of infected salt marsh mosquitoes and causes fatigue, fever, skin rash and joint pain.

More than 380 Queenslanders have caught the mosquito-borne virus since the start of this year with the State’s south-east corner most severely hit. There have been 150 cases reported in the Brisbane metro area alone and another 77 cases on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.

A Queensland Health senior medical officer said, “It's not unusual to see Ross River virus figures increase in summer and autumn months particularly,".

"It's just, recently we've seen increased rain combined with high tides which has caused more mosquito breeding."

Queensland Health is urging residents to do their bit by emptying anything in their backyards and cleaning up rubbish that could hold water.

The department recommends using a repellent with DEET and wearing loose-fitting light-coloured clothing to avoid bites.

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