Record cases of Ross River fever

Record numbers of Ross River fever have been reported in South East Queensland.

More than 4500 cases of Ross River Fever have been recorded in Queensland since the beginning of 2015.

Symptoms of Ross River fever include painful or swollen joints, sore muscles, rashes, fever, fatigue and headaches.

Queensland Health Senior Director Sonya Bennett said there were now about 80 infections a week, but expected this to drop significantly as temperatures cooled.

Near perfect breeding conditions for the salt marsh mosquito can be attributed to the outbreak.

The population in South East Queensland are much higher than they have been in the past few years says Dr Nigel Beeb, Vector Biologist and Senior Lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences UQ.

The simplest way to avoid contracting ross river fever is to avoid mosquitos a much as possible and Dr Beeb recommends a good repellent.

“The repellents probably to use are the ones that contain deet and picaridin, the commercially available ones, because they have a longevity much longer than the natural repellents so they don’t need to be applied as much and do a great job of keeping the mosquitos away.”

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