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BALLARAT RESIDENTS planning to visit or stay on the surf coast this summer are urged to protect themselves from more fever-like viruses – mosquito bites. Annaliese van Diemen, Deputy Head of Health for Victoria, has confirmed that the Ross River virus has been discovered in mosquitoes in Anglesea. Dr. van Diemen said the weather and water conditions were favorable for mosquitoes that bit and bred in Geelong, on the Surf Coast and on the Bellarine Peninsula – all popular vacation spots for Ballarat residents. Popular breeding areas on the surf coast are Torquay North, Breamlea and Anglesea River. Geelong Advertiser reports that there has already been a sharp rise in Ross River fever cases in Geelong and on the surf coast. IN OTHER NEWS Victoria Health Department is also warning people of the potential of Barmah Forest virus, which is similar to Ross River virus, for joint pain and swelling, sore muscles, headache, fever, rash and fatigue. Symptoms for Ross River virus can appear three to nine days after a bite, sometimes up to 21 days later, while symptoms of Barmah Forest disease usually appear seven to 10 days after infection. The department warms up some symptoms that some people may experience for more than a year. There is no vaccine, and the health department advises preparing and protecting people as the best prevention method. This includes: The Victoria Health Department also advises people who develop a fever and chills to test for COVID-19 as it is a possible cause of symptoms. Ross River fever was also found in Mildura.

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December 28, 2020 – 7:00 p.m.

BALLARAT RESIDENTS planning to visit or stay on the surf coast this summer are urged to protect themselves from more fever-like viruses – mosquito bites.

Annaliese van Diemen, Deputy Head of Health for Victoria, has confirmed that the Ross River virus has been discovered in mosquitoes in Anglesea. Dr. van Diemen said the weather and water conditions were favorable for mosquitoes that bit and bred in Geelong, on the Surf Coast and on the Bellarine Peninsula – all popular vacation spots for Ballarat residents.

Popular breeding areas on the surf coast are Torquay North, Breamlea and Anglesea River.

Geelong Advertiser reports that there has already been a sharp rise in Ross River fever cases in Geelong and on the surf coast.

The Victoria Health Department also warns people of the potential of the Barmah Forest virus, which is similar to the Ross River virus for joint pain and swelling, sore muscles, headache, fever, rash, and fatigue. Symptoms for Ross River virus can appear three to nine days after a bite, sometimes up to 21 days later, while symptoms of Barmah Forest disease usually appear seven to 10 days after infection.

The department warms up some symptoms that some people may experience for more than a year.

There is no vaccine and the health department is advising people to prepare and protect themselves as the best prevention method. This contains:

  • with mosquito repellent containing picaridin or DEET on exposed skin
  • Wear long, loose fitting clothes when outside
  • Avoid outdoor activities when mosquito numbers are high, especially in the morning and evening light
  • and to ensure that accommodations, including tents, are properly equipped with mosquito nets or screens.

The Victoria Health Department also advises people who develop a fever and chills to test for COVID-19 as it is a possible cause of symptoms.

Ross River fever was also found in Mildura.

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