Ross River virus mosquito warning in Shepparton, Campaspe and Moira areas

Health warning: A spike in Ross River virus cases has prompted people to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Photo: AAP Photo by AP Photo / Andre Penner

Ross River virus has been detected in mosquitoes in the Moira Shire, Campaspe Shire and City of Greater Shepparton area.

On Christmas Day, the Victoria Department of Health issued a warning that there was an increased risk of people catching the mosquito virus in these areas.

Ross River virus can cause joint pain and stiffness, as well as headaches, fever, rashes, and fatigue.

Advice on the ministry’s website advises people to try to avoid heavily mosquito infested areas, including along the Murray River from Gunbower to Yarrawonga as well as throughout the Shepparton area.

Prevention of the Ross River virus

Advice from the Department of Health on how to protect yourself against mosquito-borne diseases.

– Wear long, loose clothing outside.

– Use effective mosquito repellants containing picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin.

– Try to limit outdoor activities if there are a lot of mosquitoes.

– Use fly sprays and pluggable repellents indoors.

– Sleep under insecticide-treated mosquito nets if you do not have mosquito nets on the windows of your house or if you sleep in an untreated tent.

– Sleep under a mosquito net if you are camping outdoors.

– Mosquito coils can be effective in small outdoor spaces where you gather to sit or eat.

The weather conditions for the next month are favorable for mosquito bites and breeding.

“The best protection against Ross River virus and other mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid mosquito bites,” a department spokesperson said.

“Protective measures include the regular use of an insect repellant containing picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin, wearing long, loose clothing outside, and ensuring that accommodation, including tents, are properly equipped with mosquito nets or mosquito nets. “

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