Mos­quito ill­nesses up

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

VIC­TO­RIA is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a surge in mosquito­borne ill­nesses, many of them in ar­eas af­fected by re­cent floods. Al­most 400 cases of Ross River virus have been recorded so far in 2011, com­pared to fewer than 100 cases at the same time last year. Cases of Barmah For­est virus have jumped to close to 100, from fewer than 10 a year ago. Vic­to­ria’s chief health of­fi­cer Dr John Carnie said there were cases of mos­quito-borne viruses across the state, but many were in ar­eas af­fected by re­cent flood­ing. He urged all Vic­to­ri­ans to pro­tect them­selves.

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