Ross River virus
Fact sheet - Health conditions directory.
Ross River virus (sometimes called epidemic polyarthritis) is a disease caused by a virus which is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Ross River virus disease occurs widely in Australia. In northern and central Queensland, cases of Ross River virus occur throughout the year, but most cases occur between February and May. Everybody who becomes infected with Ross River virus will recover, however, the time taken to recover fully is prolonged in some people.
Public health management guidelines
- List of all Pathological, clinical and provisional diagnosis notifiable conditions
- List of Public Health Unit contacts
- Notifiable conditions report form for Queensland doctors/clinicians (PHA S70) or person in charge of a Hosptial (PHA S71) (PDF, 77kB) - if faxing notification, follow up by phone.
- Notification criteria for pathology laboratories (PDF, 55kB).
Enhanced surveillance for public health units
- Case report form (PDF, 227kB) - used by public health units to collect and manage more detailed information for enhanced case surveillance.
Resources for health professionals
- Mosquito borne diseases – Queensland Health website for health professionals.
Epidemiological data and reports
- View communicable diseases data for notifiable conditions in Queensland.
- The Health of Queenslanders 2006 – report of the Chief Health Officer of Queensland.