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Ross River Fever (RRF) is a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by infection with the Ross River virus. The illness is typically characterized by an influenza-like illness and joint pain. The virus is endemic to Australia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, the Cook Islands, New Caledonia, and several other islands in the South Pacific.

The virus is spread only by mosquitoes, and is not contagious among humans. Vector insects acquire the virus from infected animals, such as kangaroos and wallabies, and pass it along to humans while feeding.

There are no specific treatments for RRF, nor are there any vaccines. Patients are usually treated for symptoms with analgesics and anti-inflammatories.

Vector insects

More than 30 species have been implicated as possible vectors, but the major species for Ross River Fever are:

  • Aedes camptorhynchus in southern coastal regions
  • Aedes vigilax in northern coastal regions
  • Culex annulirostris in inland areas

Links to vector distribution and habitats

Aedes camptorhynchus
Aedes vigilax
Culex annulirostris

Links to suggested vector-control solutions

Product selection dependent on vector biology and ecology

VectoBac 12AS
VectoBac WDG (WG)
VectoBac Granules
Teknar SC
VectoLex WDG