Ross River, Barmah Forest Virus Mosquito Warning on Coast Victoria | prolonged Bendigo Advertiser

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The ROSS River virus was discovered in mosquitos in Anglesea and urban Mildura, and is extending a warning from the northwest of the state to parts of the coast. Residents and visitors to the Geelong and Victoria surf coasts and the Bellarine Peninsula are also advised to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases. The advice applies to both Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus. Related: Mosquito Warning After Ross River Virus Discovered In The Far Northwest Symptoms for both viruses are joint pain and stiffness, fatigue, rash, fever and headache. “The best protection against these diseases is to avoid mosquito bites,” says the health advice. Suggestions include regular use of mosquito repellants that contain picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin areas. Other protective measures included wearing long, loose-fitting clothing outdoors and properly equipping accommodation, including tents, with mosquito nets or grills. The previous warning was issued on December 18 after mosquitoes were found to have transmitted the Ross River virus in urban Mildura. Related news: Castlemaine wastewater free of COVID-19, tests show the Department of Health and Human Services said recent weather and water conditions in Surf Coast, Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula areas are favorable for mosquito biting and breeding were. Any part of Victoria that is mosquito is at risk of being infected with the Ross River virus. However, the department said the risk is greatest in rural and regional areas. Infections in metropolitan areas appeared to be rare. Have you signed up for the Bendigo Advertiser’s daily newsletter and for e-mails with the latest news? You can register below and make sure you are up to date on everything that is happening in central Victoria.

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December 24, 2020 – 3:47 p.m.

The ROSS River virus has been spotted in both Anglesea mosquitoes and urban Mildura, extending a warning from the northwest of the state to parts of the coast.

Residents and visitors to the Geelong and Victoria surf coasts and the Bellarine Peninsula are also advised to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases.

The advice applies to both Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus.

Symptoms for both viruses are joint pain and stiffness, fatigue, rash, fever, and headache.

“The best protection against these diseases is to avoid mosquito bites,” says the health advice.

Suggestions include regular use of mosquito repellants that contain picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin areas.

Other protective measures included wearing long, loose-fitting clothing outdoors and properly equipping accommodation, including tents, with mosquito nets or grills.

The previous warning was issued on December 18 after mosquitoes were found to have transmitted the Ross River virus in urban Mildura.

Any part of Victoria that is mosquito is at risk of being infected with the Ross River virus.

However, the department said the risk is greatest in rural and regional areas. Infections in metropolitan areas appeared to be rare.

Have you signed up for the Bendigo Advertiser’s daily newsletter and for e-mails with the latest news? You can register below and make sure you are up to date on everything that is happening in central Victoria.

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