Health warning issued for
mosquito-borne viruses in
Northern Beaches residents have been warned to protect themselves against mosquitoes after Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses were detected at a popular lagoon.
NSW Health issued the warning after Ross River virus was found in mosquitoes over the past three months and Barmah Forest virus was detected in May at Narrabeen Lagoon.
"Barmah Forest virus is spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes," Northern Beaches Council said.
"Many people who are infected will not develop symptoms; however, some people may have flu-like symptoms that include fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, stiffness and pain, especially in the mornings.
"A rash may also develop or a feeling of tiredness or weakness."
Ross River virus is also spread by the bite of infected female mosquitoes and presents similar symptoms to the Barmah Forest virus.