Ross River

Reporter: Graeme Butler

While we struggle with the hot and humid summer, mozzies are loving it.

Dr Richard Choong, from the Australian Medical Association has hit out claiming the state government has dropped the ball on Ross River as the number of cases soars. Though the government claims it's not that simple, control is also a local government issue and programs are undertaken. But either way the statistics speak for themselves.

In 20-10, there were 399 reported cases of Ross River, in 2011 that more than doubled to 853, 2012 saw the number soar to 1370 cases. Figures also show in recent years-January, February and March are the months of highest risk - which means now's the time to be careful.

"Depression, tiredness, aches and pains it was just like being an old woman really" 23 year old nursing student, Jillian Algie knows how debilitating Ross River can be.

With no treatment available. Jillian had to just wait it out.

Ross River can remain in the body for up to a year; causing muscles aches, tiredness, fever and depression.

To avoid the sting this summer. The health department recommends people avoid going outdoors during dusk and dawn, wear long loose fitting clothing, use insect repellent, mosquito coils and citronella candles to ward off the unwanted pests.

Dr Choong says "Additionally you want to look around your house and garden and see whether you have any standing water that would be in pots, planters things like that which can be drained so you don't get a breeding ground for mosquitos"