Queensland on alert over 'concerning' Ross River virus numbers

Queensland's top doctor has warned residents the state is facing an increased risk of Ross River virus infections this year.

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Tweet Facebook Mail Queensland's top doctor has warned residents the state is facing an increased risk of Ross River virus infections this year. Queensland Health has tested hundreds of mosquito traps in recent weeks between Mackay and the state's south-east and found "very high" levels of the virus - even higher than what was seen during the 2019-20 outbreak. "This season, more than 700 mosquito trap collections have been tested for Ross River virus," chief health officer Dr John Gerrard said.

READ MORE: Millions set to sizzle as 'extreme temperatures' loom  John Gerrard has issued a warning about high levels of Ross River virus in Queensland. (Getty) "We have been notified of 31 positive mosquito traps across the state so far, which is more than the total we saw over the 2019-20 summer months when there was a significant Ross River virus outbreak. "It's concerning we are seeing such a high number of Ross River virus detections in mosquito populations through our surveillance program this early in the typical season, especially over such a widespread area.



This is an indicator of elevated virus activity." More than 3300 Ross River virus cases were recorded in 2020, far higher than the 699 last year. Gerrard said Queensland appeared set for another high year of infections.

"Typically, Ross River virus infection begins to rise with the onset of rain and warm temperatures in December before peaking in February and March," he said. "It is also typical to see a significant num.