Australia: Ross River Fever, Barmah Forest Fever

by Wayne Ghesquiere on February 11, 2011

According to South Australia’s Department of Health, approximately 350 combined cases of Ross River fever and Barmah Forest fever, a significant increase over average incidence, have been reported across South Australia since January 2011, primarily in peri-urban areas of Adelaide, Murray Bridge, Barmera, Loxton, and Waikerie. After an acute febrile illness joint pain may persist for a year or more in up to 50% of cases. Travelers are advised to practice insect precautions.

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