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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.

Elephantiasis

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.

Malaria

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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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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Department of Health | Dengue Fact Sheet

Dengue is a viral disease transmitted by some types of mosquitoes.

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Dengue

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.

Read more on Queensland Health website

Murray Valley encephalitis - Better Health Channel

The only protection from Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) is to avoid mosquito bites.

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Barmah Forest virus fact sheet - Fact sheets

Barmah Forest virus is transmitted to people by being bitten by a mosquito that is infected with the virus. Symptoms include fever, rash and sore joints. Avoiding mosquito bites prevents infection.

Read more on NSW Health website

Barmah Forest virus disease - Better Health Channel

Barmah Forest virus (BFV) disease can cause joint inflammation and pain, fatigue and a rash of variable appearance. A full recovery can be expected. Most people recover completely within six months, although some people have intermittent symptoms for longer.

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Malaria

Malaria fact sheet

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Ross River virus - myDr.com.au

Ross River virus infection is spread by the bites of infected female mosquitoes. Most sufferers will have a sudden onset of flu-like symptoms that often include painful joints.

Read more on myDr website

Chikungunya fact sheet - Fact sheets

Chikungunya is transmitted to people by being bitten by a mosquito that is infected with the virus. Symptoms include fever, rash and sore joints. The virus is mainly found in Africa and Asia.

Read more on NSW Health website

Ross River virus — Arthritis Australia

Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus are infections that are spread to humans through mosquito bites

Read more on Arthritis Australia website

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