Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus are the most common mosquito-borne diseases in Western Australia and are contracted when a person is bitten by a virus-carrying mosquito. Infections associated with Ross River virus and Barmah virus generally occur during the summer months. Symptoms exhibited with infection are similar to rheumatic diseases or other viral diseases, a specific blood test organised by a doctor is the only reliable method of diagnosis.
There are various measures that can be taken to minimise your risk of obtaining a mosquito-borne disease such as Ross River virus or Barmah Forrest virus.
Avoid being outside during dusk and early evening.
Wear loose fitting, long clothing when outdoors.
Use suitable personal insect repellent.
More information -
Ross River virus and Barmah Forrest virus – Department of Health