Ross River Virus belongs to the group of arthropod-bourne viruses which are easily transmitted through bites of infected mosquitoes.  This virus occurs throughout Australia without having Tropical North Queensland an exception.  Most victims of the virus are the adults.

People infected with the virus develop lifetime immunity.  As they endure the illness, rashes sometime spread all over their body, arms, or legs, and usually disappears after 7 to 10 days.  A feeling of being unwell and weak usually occur during illness.

 

How do we protect ourselves from acquiring Ross River Virus?

As much we want to wrap ourselves and stay away from places where mosquitoes are abundant, it’s inevitable.  But how do we protect ourselves from the virus?  Below are some precautions.

·         When outside, see to it that you are well covered and you wear light-coloured clothes and covered footwear.

·         Always remember that, mosquitoes are mostly active after sunset and around dawn.  So, better stay at home during these hours.  If the need arises to stay outside, use insect repellent.

·         As much as possible, keep your home humid-free.  Clean every corner of your house to avoid mosquitoes from staying indoor.

·         Get rid or empty cans, bottles, tires, and other stuff that moists easily.  Remember, mosquitoes love to stay in cool and humid places.

·         Use an effective insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquito bites.  There are insect repellents that are unscented and hypoallergenic and keeps you protected for 24 hours.

No matter how we avoid mosquito bites, we just can’t resist the fact that mosquitoes are everywhere.  Using the best and widely recommended insect repellent will be of great help to keep yourself safe from mosquito and other insect bites.