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 a 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 early evening.
- Wear loose fitting, long clothing when outdoors.
- Use suitable personal insect repellent.
Further information please refer to Department of Health.