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Ross River virus in Australia: Queensland

21 Feb 2024

Queensland Health has warned of an increased risk of Ross River virus infection across the state. The virus has been detected recently in an increased number of mosquitoes.

In 2023, 699 cases of Ross River virus infection were reported in Queensland. There were 64 cases in January 2024.

Advice for Travellers

Ross River virus (RRV) is transmitted by mosquitoes and causes symptoms that include rash, fever, joint and muscle pains.

The risk is greatest in those planning outdoor activities (particularly camping) in rural areas of Australia, Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific Islands.

  • You should practice good insect bite avoidance at all times.
  • Warning notices in the media, during outbreaks and in high-risk areas, are given in Australia. You should take note of these.

No vaccines are available for Ross River virus and there is no specific treatment.