ROSS RIVER VIRUS: THE SUM­MER EPI­DEMIC?

Last sea­son’s heat and rain led to a spike in cases. Lucy Ballinger and Lar­raine Stathiq in­ves­ti­gate the ef­fect of this year’s ex­treme weather

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - REPORT -

While you may be look­ing for­ward to the on­set of sum­mer, be warned – ex­perts are pre­dict­ing a rise in Ross River virus (RRV) over the sea­son and say thou­sands of Aus­tralians could fall ill with the disease.

The com­bi­na­tion of heat and rain made last sum­mer a bumper sea­son for RRV – which is mos­quito-borne – with hun­dreds

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