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Ross River virus in Australia: Queensland (Update 1)

09 May 2024

Queensland Health continues to report Ross River virus infections across the state. From 1 January 2024 to 30 April 2024 there have been 2 065 cases, with more than half of these reported in southeast Queensland.

In 2023, 699 cases of Ross River virus infection were reported in Queensland.

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.