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Close-up image of mosquito biting human skin to help illustrate mosquito-borne diseases.

Close-up image of mosquito biting human skin to help illustrate mosquito-borne diseases.
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Mosquito-borne diseases

Some illnesses are transmitted by mosquitoes ('mozzies'), including malaria, Dengue fever and the Zika virus. Explore the topics below to learn more about mosquito-borne diseases.

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Barmah Forest virus infection

Barmah Forest virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, and is found only in Australia. Read on about the disease it casues, it’s treatment and prevention.

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Chikungunya virus

Chikungunya virus is found mainly in Africa and Asia, so if you're travelling to these areas it's important to prevent mosquito bites.

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Dengue fever

Dengue fever is an illness that is spread by mosquitoes. Read more about the symptoms and treatment of dengue fever and how to prevent it.

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Elephantiasis is a tropical disease spread by mosquito bites that can cause arms and legs to swell and the skin to become hard and thick.

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Japanese encephalitis

Japanese encephalitis is a viral disease. Find out more about how to prevent infection, symptoms to watch out for and when to seek medical help.

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Malaria is a disease spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes, which causes an infection of the red blood cells.

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Murray Valley encephalitis

This rare illness is caused by a mosquito-borne virus found in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea. Learn about its symptoms and prevention.

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Ross River virus infection

Ross River virus is spread by mosquitoes. Symptoms include fever, rash and joint pain. Most people recover in a few weeks. Learn more here.

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Yellow fever

Yellow fever is a disease that spreads through infected mosquitos in areas of Africa, Central or South America. Learn about the yellow fever vaccine.

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Zika virus

Learn more about the Zika virus, and why it's advisable for pregnant women to avoid travelling to countries with outbreaks.

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