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Common questions

  1. What are the symptoms of Barmah Forest virus disease?

    Usual symptoms are joint and muscle pain as well as fever and in some cases rash, headache and fatigue. The fever may be mild and go unnoticed. The rash involves the chest, back and limbs. The joints of legs and hands are most commonly affected and back pain is also relatively common.

    At least half of patients with the disease are well enough to return to work within a month of the onset of symptoms but about one in ten may be still suffering with joint pain after three months. The illness tends to subside over time with occasional relapses of joint pain and fatigue. The good news is that the virus does not cause permanent damage to joints and that eventually the symptoms will stop.

  2. Can I pass Barmah Forest virus disease to other people?

    No, this disease is passed through the mosquito bite rather than human-to-human contacts.

  3. Can recurrent infections occur?

    It is generally considered that infection with Barmah Forest virus results in long-term immunity to the disease.

  4. Is there a vaccine for Barmah Forest virus disease?

    No, there is no vaccine available. The most effective way to prevent infection is to protect yourself from mosquito bites while indoors and outdoors.


Last Review Date: August 1, 2018