Ross River fever cases have increased by 260 per cent in the southern Riverina in New South Wales, prompting the Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) to issue a health alert. From January 1 to 22, 18 new cases of the mosquito-borne disease had been identified across the district — a significant increase from the fewer than five notified cases for the same period last year. MLHD infectious diseases manager April Roberts-Witteveen said the virus was regularly seen in the area.

 

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