Ross River virus infection is caused by Ross River virus that is spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes.
Symptoms of Ross River virus infection may include:
If you get these symptoms, contact a doctor right away, or Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 or in an emergency call Triple Zero (000) or visit your nearest emergency department.
Many people with Ross River virus infection do not have symptoms. When symptoms occur, they usually develop about 7-10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Most people will make a full recovery after a few weeks. Others may have symptoms such as joint pain and tiredness for many months.
It is spread when a mosquito bites an infected animal or human and then this mosquito bites a human. The virus is not spread directly from person to person.
Those who are more likely to get Ross River virus infection are:
There is currently no vaccine against Ross River virus. The best way to avoid the virus is to not get bitten by mosquitoes. Protect yourself:
If you have the symptoms listed above, a doctor may run a blood test to find if there are antibodies to Ross River virus. Blood samples are taken while the person is unwell and then again two weeks later. This will check to see if there has been a change in the antibody levels, indicating recent infection.
There is no specific treatment available for Ross River virus infection. Your doctor will be able to advise you on treating the symptoms.
Laboratories are required to notify cases of Ross River virus infection on diagnosis. Where cases occur in unexpected locations, the public health unit may investigate further.