Rheumatology clinic

Ross River fever

David Bossingham



Ross River fever is a common, self-limiting disorder that should be easily recognised and treated. This article presents a practical approach to diagnosing and managing affected patients.

Article Extract

Although Ross River fever is common, it remains poorly understood in the community. Dr Bossingham presents a practical approach to treating and counselling patients with this self-limiting disorder.

Up to approximately 8000 cases of Ross River fever (also called Ross River virus disease) have been reported to occur in Australia each year. The disease is endemic in the tropics presenting all year round but more commonly during the warm and wet summer months. Epidemics have, however, occurred in many other parts of the country.