Ross River Virus and Barmah Forest Virus are the most common mosquito-borne diseases in South Western Australia and are contracted when a person is bitten by a mosquito infected with the virus. These infections generally occur during the summer months and are confirmed via blood test.
There are various measures that can be taken to minimise your risk of obtaining a mosquito-borne disease.
- Avoid being outside during dusk and the early evening.
- Wear loose fitting, long clothing when outdoors.
- Use suitable personal insect repellent.
Further information please refer to Department of Health.