HEALTH authorities are warning Gippsland residents to protect themselves against mosquitoes, following the detection of Ross River Virus in 10 people in Wellington Shire so far this year. While the latest warning from the Victorian Health Department is for people travelling to the Bellarine Peninsula and surf coast regions, where there has been a big jump in cases in recent months, local infections show the virus is still present in mosquitoes in Gippsland. Well known Sale woman Michelle Ross, coproprietor of Redd Catt in Sale, was diagnosed with the virus in December, and believes she contracted it after being stung by mosquitoes while exercising near Lake Guthridge.

 

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