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Victoria rocked by outbreak of Ross River fever

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Victoria has been rocked by six cases of Ross River fever.

857 cases have been detected in Victoria so far this year. It’s the worst outbreak of the virus seen in at least a decade.

Six cases in Melbourne were detected, in Frankston and in the city of Casey.

Victoria’s chief health officer Charles Guest told Tom Elliott there’s no vaccine for the virus, so preventative measures such as wearing long clothing and insect repellent are best.

Prof Guest said dawn and dusk are the key times to avoid.

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