Ross River fever

Townsville Bulletin - - NQ Life -

ROSS River fever virus and Barmah For­est virus are al­most iden­ti­cal in their on­set. Both mosquito­borne viruses cause pol­yarthral­gia, char­ac­terised by sud­den on­set of headache, fever, rashes and joint pain. Some pa­tients de­velop sig­nif­i­cant pain, fluid and swelling in af­fected joints for up to two months, lin­ger­ing as mild arthritic symp­toms for up to a year.

In Townsville, 77 cases of Ross River fever were re­ported to the city coun­cil be­tween June 2010 and Fe­bru­ary 2011, com­pared with 129 for the same pe­riod in ‘ 09-‘ 10.

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