Ross River Fever Alert



Recently a tradesman working on a building site on Scotland Island received a positive test result for Ross River fever.

A second tradesman working on the same site has presented with the same symptoms (not yet tested).

Medical personnel have asked for the local community to be informed and for residents to take preventative measures against mosquito bites and to remove potential breeding sites from around the home such as ensuring water tanks are covered and stagnant water is removed.

Ross River fever is caused by a viral infection, transmitted through mosquito bites.

What are the symptoms?

Many people who are infected with the virus will never develop symptoms.

  • Some people will have flu-like symptoms that include fever, chills, headache and aches and pains in the muscles and joints. 
  • Some joints can become swollen, and joint stiffness may be particularly noticeable in the morning. 
  • Sometimes a rash occurs on the body, arms or legs. The rash usually disappears after 7 to 10 days. 
  • A general feeling of being unwell, tired or weak may also occur at times during the illness. 
  • Symptoms usually develop about 7-10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. 
  • The majority of people recover completely in a few weeks. Others may experience symptoms such as joint pain and tiredness for many months.

Prevention relies on avoiding mosquito bites.

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