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Dangerous Virus Found In Mosquitoes After Wild Australian Weather

The dangerous Ross River virus has been detected in mosquitoes in north & south Brisbane.

Following heavy rain and damaging winds throughout the week in Queensland, residents are warned to avoid outdoor activities during dusk and dawn, as that is when mosquitoes are most active.

The Ross River virus has been detected in mosquitoes & it can be transmitted to humans through a bite.

Metro North public health unit entomologist Jonathan Darbro said the virus could cause a range of debilitating symptoms, including joint pain, rashes and fatigue.

'Ross River virus can be transmitted to humans through the bite of several different types of mosquitoes commonly found throughout Queensland,' he said. 'By identifying the virus early through this technology, we can educate the community and potentially prevent Ross River virus infection.'

There are currently no protections against the virus, and it can take months to recover from.

Public health physician Dr Megan Young, from Metro North, told Brisbane Times 'There is no vaccine or specific treatment available for Ross River virus infection, so the best thing people can do is take a preventative approach and avoid being bitten by mosquitoes,'.

The preventative approach can consist of long-sleeved clothing and mosquito repellent.