Ross River Virus

Ross River Virus (RRV) is a mosquito-borne disease common around Australia, specifically in inland waterways and coastal regions.

Due to recent weather events across the state there has been an increase in mosquito breeding, and Ross River Virus is being detected in Victorian areas where it is not traditionally detected. 

The Department of Health and Human Services is investigating a small number of cases of probable RRV infection notified in residents of southern metropolitan Melbourne. 

RRV can cause joint inflammation and pain, fatigue, muscle aches and in many infected people, a rash. Everyone recovers, although some people have intermittent symptoms for a year or more.  

Beat the Bite

There are ways you can protect yourself and your family from mosquito-borne diseases. 

  • Wear loose-fitting clothing when outdoors 
  • Use mosquito repellents containing DEET of picaridin on exposed skin
  • Try to limit outdoor activity if you notice a lot of mosquitoes about 
  • Make sure there is no stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed around your home 
  • On holidays make sure your accommodation is property fitted with mosquito netting or screens 
  • Don't forget the kids - it's safer to spray or rub insect repellents on their clothes rather than directly onto their skin. 

For more information, visit Better Health or watch the Beat the Bite video.

If you would like to discuss mosquito issues, please call Council on 9518 3555. 

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Last updated: 13 February 2017