The Travel Health and Vaccine Specialists

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Ross River virus disease in Australia

Updated April 11, 2017

What is the current situation?

The Australian Ministry of Health has reported 3,086 cases of mosquito-borne Ross River virus infection in 2017, most of them occurring in southern states near large population centers. This includes 1,528 cases in the state of Victoria, including the city of Melbourne.

CDC recommends that travelers to Australia protect themselves from Ross River virus by preventing mosquito bites.

What can travelers do to protect themselves?

No vaccine or medicine can prevent Ross River virus disease. The only way to prevent it is to avoid mosquito bites:

Learn more about preventing Ross River virus, its symptoms, and what to do if you think you have it on the Ross River virus disease page.

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