The Ross River virus has made its way to Gippsland and a health warning should be issued to anyone who lives or has visited in the area.
The disease was discovered in mosquitoes around Ninety Mile Beach and includes symptoms such as headache, fever, rash and fatigue. People can also experience pain and stiffness in their joints.
Victoria Health has said the best way to protect yourself from the virus is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
“Protective measures include regularly using mosquito repellent with picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin, wearing long, loose-fitting clothing outside, and ensuring accommodations, including tents, are properly equipped with mosquito nets or insect screens,” said Victoria Health.
“An early disease blood test may indicate a possible acute infection and should be repeated two weeks later for confirmation.”
Symptoms usually take nine days to appear after exposure, but have been known to last up to 21 days.
Everyone in the region is advised not to be outside unprotected, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are active. It’s best to cover as much as possible with light-colored, loose-fitting clothing and covered footwear.
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