Mosquito illnesses up
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.