Imported cases of Ross River virus disease in New Zealand – A travel medicine perspective
Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease , 05/15/2012
Lau C et al. – Reported cases of RRV confirm that New Zealand is vulnerable to virus importation. With several potential mosquito vectors, it is theoretically possible for a local “virgin soil” epidemic to occur. It is important for travellers, medical practitioners, and public health authorities to be aware of this threat, and take appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of a local epidemic. Protecting travellers from RRV is important from a travel medicine perspective, but also has potentially significant public health benefits for the general population.