Ross River fever has fallen since last  year.
Ross River fever has fallen since last year. NSW Health

Ross River virus down in NSW

WHILE the mosquito-borne Zika virus is making worldwide headlines, closer to home NSW Health can report a sheer drop in Ross River Fever.

In NSW, mosquito-borne Ross River Fever was detected 118 times in January last year and peaked at 308 cases in February. However, this year there were only 26 cases reported in January.

Last year, Paul Corben, Director Public Health North Coast Public Health Unit, said, while all parts of the State reported cases, residents of the North Coast of NSW were particularly affected.

"Autumn is the peak time of the year for these insects to carry such infections so it is also when there is the highest number of mosquito-borne viral infections," Mr Corben said.

There is no specific treatment for these viruses. The best way to avoid infection is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.



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