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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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    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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      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...


      • #4

        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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          Ross River outbreak worsens
          Rebecca McDonald / 24 February 2017

          More Ross River cases have turned up across Geelong and the Surf Coast. Record numbers are being reported this year, with almost 120 cases detected in the Barwon South West region since the start of January.

          10 fresh cases have turned up in Geelong, and a further 18 on the Surf Coast, in the last week alone. Other hotspots include the Loddon Mallee area with 276 cases this year, and the City of Hume in Melbourne's north with almost 400 cases...


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            Ross River virus cases surging in central Victoria
            Natalie Croxon
            24 Feb 2017, 4 p.m.

            ...More people are suffering similar experiences, with Victoria seeing a surge in the number of Ross River virus cases.

            Health Department figures show that in the seven weeks to February 20, there were 276 suspected or confirmed cases of Ross River virus detected in the Loddon Mallee region.

            Thirty-eight of these cases arose in the week to February 20 alone.

            The City of Greater Bendigo has seen 40 potential cases of Ross River virus this year, while across Victoria there have been 1243...


            • #7
              Ross River fever virus found in mosquitoes trapped at Georges River

              James Taylor, Canterbury-Bankstown Express
              March 20, 2017 9:46pm

              MOSQUITOES along the Georges River have been found carrying an untreatable virus.

              Health authorities detected the Ross River fever virus three times in saltmarsh mosquito traps around Picnic Point and Illawong last week.

              South Western Sydney Local Health District public health director Professor Mark Ferson said residents need to protect themselves from potentially infected bloodsuckers.
              He pointed to figures showing Ross River virus infection notifications in NSW residents had increased by about 100, up from 54 in December 2015. Notifications in January this year were 108 compared to 42 in 2016.

              “Make no mistake, we are the middle of a Ross River surge in NSW,” he said.
              "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
              -Nelson Mandela


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                The Sydney suburbs hit hardest by surging Ross River Virus outbreak
                Harriet Alexander
                16 Feb 2017, 3:03 p.m.

                Scientists believe NSW may be coming to the end of the biggest season for Ross River Virus in living memory, after inland flooding in spring created the perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes that carry the disease.

                More than five times as many people contracted the virus in December and January than did over the same period last year, with 560 notifications compared to 96 last year. In the first six weeks of this year alone 430 people have been affected.

                The virus causes fever, headaches, chills and stiffness in the muscles in joints, and though it usually resolves within 10 days some patients experience symptoms for months...