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  • Mosquito-borne Barmah Forest virus outbreak hits Tasmania

    Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-...mania/10901096


    Mosquito-borne Barmah Forest virus outbreak hits Tasmania
    Updated earlier today at 2:56am

    A mosquito-borne virus outbreak has Tasmanian health authorities moving to try to contain its spread.
    Key Points

    Symptoms include joint pain and swelling, tiredness, rash (usually on the trunk or limbs), headaches, muscle pain, fever and chills
    They usually start about seven to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito
    Five confirmed cases in Tasmania, another two being investigated..

    People on the state's east coast in particular have been warned to protect themselves from mosquitoes after the confirmation of five cases of the Barmah Forest virus. Another two cases are being investigated.

    Public health officials said while a small number of cases of the disease had been notified in Tasmania in the past the current cases were the where authorities believed the disease had been acquired in Tasmania, rather than interstate...

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