Warning as mosquito borne illnesses spread

Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus have been active between Perth and Busselton in WA for some weeks, while more recent warnings have been issued for Kunjin virus in WA’s wheatbelt and northern SA as well as Murray Valley encephalitis in the Kimberley and western and southern NSW.

A warm and wet winter has contributed to increased mosquito numbers and greater prevalence of mosquito transmittable diseases across the southern states.

WA department of health acting medical entomologist Dr Peter Neville