It is mosquito-borne and spreads by the insect after flooding
during the rainy season.
affects wild (kangaroos and wallabies) and domestic animals.
is no vaccine, and risk for travelers is low unless an active
epidemic is occurring.
River Virus is similar to Dengue Fever.
2-21 days of incubation, flu-like symptoms (fever, chills,
aches, headaches, and lethargy) occur with sometimes a rash.
stiff joints may occur.
acute symptoms resolve quickly but joint aches may persist
tests will confirm the viral antibodies.
is no specific treatment other than supportive.
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