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Ross River Fever-Part I

Ross River Fever – Part I

I have treated many people over the years in my clinic for Ross River Fever and the majority of them respond very well and quickly to the treatments I offer. I do not have a ‘one treatment suits all’ approach. I prescribe natural medicines on an individual basis for each patient.

What Causes Ross River Fever?

Ross River Fever (sometimes also called epidemic polyarthritis) is caused by Ross River Virus which is transmitted by mosquitoes. It cannot be spread from human to human like common cold and flu viruses.

There are a number of different types of mosquitoes that spread the virus and these depend on environment and geographical location. Some types breed in salt water such as salty pools in mangroves and salt marshes after flooding by spring tides and heavy rains, whilst others breed in permanent areas of fresh water. One type of mosquito, Aedes notoscriptus, breeds in containers close to homes and other human activity such as bird baths, pot plant saucers and backyard rubbish holding water1. It is important that you do not have containers around you home that can hold still water.

What are the Symptoms?

Symptoms and severity of Ross River Fever can vary from one person to another. In some cases no symptoms are experienced at all. The most common symptoms include:

  • Flu-like symptoms with fever, fatigue, headache and swollen lymph nodes
  • Painful and swollen joints
  • Sore muscles, aching tendons

Less common symptoms include:

  • Sore eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea
  • Tingling in the palms of hands and soles of feet

Sometimes symptoms can recur after a period of time. This probably means that the virus has not been totally eradicated from the body so that during times when a person is run down or has reduced immunity the virus once again takes hold and the following long-term symptoms can occur:

  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Depression       


Based on my many years of clinical experience I know without doubt that the way Ross River Fever is treated at the time of infection, not only impacts on the initial symptoms but also impacts on long-term health. Once the initial infectious stage is resolved it is extremely important to continue with a longer-term herbal/nutritional treatment protocol that will help to prevent recurrence and ensure that the person does not develop fatigue syndromes in the future.

Watch for my next posting where I will discuss how I treat Ross River Virus successfully in my clinic.



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