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Ross River Virus

kangeroo Ross River Virus is found in Australia and South Pacific Islands. It is mosquito-borne and spreads by Ross River Virus is found in Australia and South Pacific Islands.

. It is mosquito-borne and spreads by the insect after flooding during the rainy season.

It affects wild (kangaroos and wallabies) and domestic animals.

There is no vaccine, and risk for travelers is low unless an active epidemic is occurring.

Ross River Virus is similar to Dengue Fever.

After 2-21 days of incubation, flu-like symptoms (fever, chills, aches, headaches, and lethargy) occur with sometimes a rash.

Painful stiff joints may occur.

The acute symptoms resolve quickly but joint aches may persist for months.

Blood tests will confirm the viral antibodies.

There is no specific treatment other than supportive.

Unlike Dengue Fever there are no severe symptoms.

Ross River Virus Links


Australian Gov Fact Sheet http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/public-health/cdscu/facts/pdf/rossriver.pdf

New Zealand Health http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/wpg_Index/About Ross+River+Virus+Disease
http://www.arphs.govt.nz/Services/Resource Development/FactSheets/FSPDF/RossRiver.pdf