Ross River Fever – Mosquitoes in WA

Mosquitoes are known as the world’s most deadly creature (common pub quiz question), being responsible for many diseases around the world . That includes at home here in Perth where there is currently an above average number of cases of Ross River fever being reported each week. A timely reminder to cover up and use insect repellent, even in your own backyard.

Spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes, symptoms of Ross River fever include flu like symptoms (generally feeling unwell, chills, aches, headaches), joint swelling and stiffness and sometimes a rash. Symptoms develop within 7-10 days of being bitten and whilst most people recover in a few weeks, others have symptoms that persist for months.

There is no vaccine to prevent Ross River virus so try to avoid being bitten wherever possible, particularly during the peak biting hours of dawn and dusk. Wear loose fitting long sleeved clothes and apply a good mosquito repellent to exposed skin. Remove mosquito breeding spots around the home in such places as screen doors and windows.