Close-up image of mosquito biting human skin to help illustrate 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.
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.
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 is an illness that is spread by mosquitoes. Read more about the symptoms and treatment of dengue fever and how to prevent it.
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.
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.
Malaria is a disease spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes, which causes an infection of the red blood cells.
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 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.
Yellow fever is a disease that spreads through infected mosquitos in areas of Africa, Central or South America. Learn about the yellow fever vaccine.
Learn more about the Zika virus, and why it's advisable for pregnant women to avoid travelling to countries with outbreaks.