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How Australian wildlife spread and suppress Ross River virus


Stephenson, E and Webb, C and Flies, EJ, How Australian wildlife spread and suppress Ross River virus, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group Ltd, Australia, 15 January 2019 (2019) [Newspaper Article]

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Ross River virus is Australia's most common mosquito-borne disease. It infects around 4,000 people a year and, despite being named after a river in North Queensland, is found in all states and territories, including Tasmania.

While the disease isn't fatal, it can cause debilitating joint pain, swelling and fatigue lasting weeks or even months. It can leave sufferers unable to work or look after children, and is estimated to cost the economy A$2. 7 to A$5.6 million each year.

There is no treatment or vaccine for Ross River virus; the only way to prevent is to avoid mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes pick up the disease-causing pathogen by feeding on an infected animal. The typical transmission cycle involves mosquitoes moving the virus between native animals but occasionally, an infected mosquito will bite a person. If this occurs, the mosquito can spread Ross River virus to the person.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Ross river virus, transmission, wildlife, public health
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Flies, EJ (Dr Emily Flies)
ID Code:130507
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2019-01-30
Last Modified:2020-01-23

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