Anyone who spends time in a place where Ross River virus infection occurs is at risk. Currently, cases of Ross River virus disease have mainly been found in people in Australia and Papua New Guinea. There might also be risk in some Pacific island nations. People who live in or travel to these places should take steps to prevent infection.
There is no vaccine to prevent Ross River virus disease. The best way to prevent infection is by preventing mosquito bites. Here are ways you can protect yourself:
- Use EPA-registered insect repellent
- Wear long sleeves and pants when you are outdoors
- Choose a hotel or lodging with air conditioning or window and door screens
- Use a mosquito net if you will be sleeping outside or when screened rooms are not available