Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ross River virus (RRV) and Barmah Forest virus (BFV) in Australia

In South Australia there have been 351 cases of Ross River virus (RRV) and Barmah Forest virus (BFV) as the water of the Murray River rose and the mosquito population grew. RRV and BFV are in the Togaviridae family, are mosquito born viruses and cause joint pain, fever, rash, fatigue and muscle pain. While these infections are not fatal, the symptoms can last for months in some people. These viruses can be prevented by standard protection from mosquitoes.

-Hannah Harrison


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