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A Health Department spokesman said: “There appears to be a risk for Ross River virus infection across Victoria, although fortunately the risk in metropolitan Melbourne is very low.”
SHARE Share on Facebook SHARE Share on Twitter TWEET Link Rosa Zull,one of more than 1000 Victorians diagnosed since January 1 with Ross River virus, speaks of the pain and exhaustion of the disease.
Previously a regular at the gym, Ms Zull said Ross River fever makes her feel 30 years older, and get so tired, “I think, ‘how am I going to get through this day’?”
There is no cure, other than drugs for pain and fever, nor a licensed vaccine for the virus.
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Ross River virus hits big numbers in Hume region
Department of Health and Human Services figures show that between January 1 and February 11, there were 213 reported cases of the Ross River virus infection in Hume.
TWO Green vale neighbors are among more than 200 people in Hume to be diagnosed with the Ross River virus since the start of the year.
Victorian Chief Health Officer Professor Charles Guest has issued a mosquito warning for Melbourne due to skyrocketing numbers of the Ross River virus.
The side effects could last for months, so Ms Viehl wanted to warn people to take precautions.
They were bitten despite the fact had out candles and citronella at the time, plus Ms Viehl was wearing a tropical repellent spray.