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    Ross River virus spike prompts mosquito warning across NSW Riverina


    Fri , jan 6 2017

    New South Wales Health authorities renew warnings for residents and holiday makers in the state's Riverina region to protect themselves against mosquitoes after a fivefold increase in the number of Ross River virus infections compared to the average in previous years.


    NSW Public Health Director Tracey Oakman said there were 34 cases of the virus in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District in December, five times the average for this time of year.

    "The highest number of notifications have been in the 45- to 65-year-old age group and then the next age group most commonly notified is the 25- to 44-year-old age group," she said.

    The city of Griffith has been flagged as a hotspot for the virus, with seven cases reported in the region last month.
    Ms Oakman also said a number of holiday makers in the Riverina who contracted the disease were unlikely to have been picked up in the latest figures.

    "If we've got holiday makers that have been bitten and gone home, they'll be recorded as having the virus from the postcode that they're living in," she said.

    Ms Oakman said the numbers were concerning and she urged people to be vigilant, use quality mosquito repellents and wear long clothing.
    New South Wales Health authorities renew mosquito warnings for residents and holiday makers in the state's Riverina after a fivefold increase in the number of Ross River virus infections.
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  • #2
    Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/n...52858b74f3692c

    Warning over Ross River virus outbreak across Victoria
    Bridie Byrne, Leader
    February 8, 2017 8:00am

    VICTORIA is experiencing the worst outbreak of Ross River virus seen in at least a decade.

    Department of Health and Human Services data shows the 654 cases diagnosed from January 1-30 this year is more than 20 times higher than the last outbreak in 2011.

    In the equivalent January period there were 32 notifications in 2011 with 1330 cases for the year.

    The average number of Ross River virus cases each year is 252...

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    • #3
      Source: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/nat...dcfcb0dbb9a2ff

      Ross River fever outbreak hits Geelong, Surf Coast region
      Harrison Tippet, Geelong Advertiser
      February 14, 2017 5:24pm

      A DEBILITATING mosquito-borne virus outbreak has hit Geelong and the Surf Coast.

      In the first six weeks of 2017 there have been more confirmed cases of Ross River virus than the previous two years combined, Department of Health statistics show.

      There were 46 cases of the virus in the Barwon South West Region from January 1 to February 12, more than 15 times the amount in the same period last year (3).

      In one week, the region tallied more confirmed cases of the virus (17) than it did through the whole of 2016 (16).

      Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Charles Guest said he was concerned by the number of Ross River virus infections...

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      • #4
        Source: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/ro...17-guf7bg.html


        February 17 2017 - 2:03PM
        Ross River virus: 150 more victims in Victoria as outbreak tally tops 1000
        Rania Spooner

        An outbreak of the potentially debilitating Ross River virus in Victoria has continued to worsen, with authorities warning that another 155 people have been infected

        Last week the state's chief health officer issued a warning about unusually high numbers of infections, noting that there had been 857 recorded case since January 1...

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