Ross River virus detected in mosquitoes in the Gippsland area in Victoria

A health warning has been issued after Ross River virus was detected in mosquitoes in the Gippsland area of Victoria.

The mosquito-borne disease has been found in the Gippsland Lakes area around Ninety Mile Beach.

Symptoms of Ross River virus include joint pain and stiffness, headache, fever, rash and fatigue.

Residents and visitors to the area are being advised on how to protect themselves from these type of viruses.

“The best protection from these diseases is to avoid mosquito bites,” Victoria Health said.

“Protective measures include regularly using mosquito repellent containing picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin, wearing long, loose-fitting clothing when outside, and ensuring accommodation, including tents, are properly fitted with mosquito nettings or screens.

“A blood test early in the illness can indicate potential acute infection and should be repeated two weeks later for confirmation.”

Ninety Mile Beach situated on the Victorian coastline. Credit: Mykhaylo/Getty Images/iStockphoto

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