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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

Barmah Forest virus

This illness is transmitted by mosquitoes and found only in Australia. Learn about the symptoms of, and treatment options for, Barmah Forest virus.

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.

Dengue fever

This illness can feel like a bad case of flu. Dengue fever is found in tropical and sub-tropical areas in Africa, Asia, South America and Australia.


This disease is spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes, which causes an infection of the red blood cells. Discover more about malaria.

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.

Ross River virus

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

Yellow fever

Vaccination is recommended for yellow fever — a serious disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes in areas of Africa, and Central and South America.

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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Prevent mosquito-borne disease on holiday overseas

In some overseas countries, mosquitoes can transmit serious and potentially fatal diseases such as dengue, malaria and Japanese encephalitis. It is important to visit your GP at least 6 weeks prior to traveling overseas to determine any health risks associated with your destination.

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Mosquitoes can transmit a variety of disease-causing microorganisms, including many kinds of viruses and several kinds of parasites.

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Zika virus warning

WA Health is reminding pregnant women to take precautions against mosquito bites if travelling to countries currently affected by the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes in Western Australia

In Western Australia, mosquitoes can transmit Ross River virus, Barmah Forest virus, Kunjin virus and the potentially fatal Murray Valley encephalitis virus. There is currently no cure or vaccine for any of these diseases. The only way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten.

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Insect repellent

There is no cure or treatment for mosquito-borne disease in WA. The only way to prevent infection is to avoid being bitten.

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Mosquitoes can carry diseases - Better Health Channel

You can reduce the risk of mosquito bites if you get rid of potential mosquito breeding sites around your home.

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Prevent mosquito bites on holiday in Australia

In summer, a lot of time is spent outdoors but this is also when mosquitoes breed and bite. There is no cure or vaccine to protect against diseases transmitted by mosquitoes in Australia. The only way to prevent infection from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes is to avoid being bitten.

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Dengue fever (breakbone fever) | HealthEngine Blog

Dengue is a mosquito borne virus that causes symptoms such as rash, fever and severe pain. Infections can cause internal bleeding and death.

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Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin viruses

Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) is a rare but potentially fatal disease caused by the MVE virus which is carried by mosquitoes. Kunjin virus is a related virus that is also carried by mosquitoes, but generally causes less severe symptoms.

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Dengue Category: Infections and Parasites Topic: Viral Infections Send by email View as PDF Send by post Dengue fever is a viral disease spread only by certain mosquitoes mostly Aedes aegypti or "dengue mosquitoes", which are common in tropical areas around the world

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