21 cases of Ross River fever confirmed in past month

ONE bite from a mosquito and Paula Matthews still feels the effects five years later.

Ross River fever is a debilitating disease transmitted by the bite of a mosquito, with no vaccine available.

Mrs Matthews says the virus, which can lie dormant in an infected body for decades, confines her to her bedroom for days on end. 

Paula Matthews suffers from Ross River Fever.
Paula Matthews suffers from Ross River Fever.

"It's horrible. My body aches constantly, pins and needles in my fingers and toes... it feels a bit like arthritis to be honest," she said.

"It has made me freak out every time I see a mozzie. Knowing that there is no cure is not nice at all.

"You just never know what the virus is going to do your body from one day to next."

This summer, health authorities have predicted will be the worst in years.

Ideal mosquito breeding conditions have led to 21 confirmed cases of Ross River fever in central Queensland over the past four weeks.

That's twice the average for the same period over the past five years.

Gladstone Regional Council is undertaking preventative measures including monitoring and treatment of potential breeding areas.

But Cr Col Chapman said residents needed to look after themselves.

He said the council "will aim to take preventative action when required".



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