By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

South Australia (SA) Health is warning the public of the risk of mosquito-borne diseases due the effect of the La Niña currently underway.


The most common disease spread by mosquitoes in South Australia is Ross River virus, followed by Barmah Forest virus.

There is currently no cure and no vaccine for either virus.

The risk of transmission of mosquito-borne diseases in South Australia is at its highest since the 2010/11 summer. This risk level has been determined from the forecast of above average spring and summer rainfall resulting from the La Niña underway in the tropical Pacific and the detection of Murray Valley encephalitis and Kunjin viruses in sentinel chickens in Ramco, SA in March 2020.