Heavy rains in the areas of Kimberly and Pilbara have contributed to an increase in mosquitoes and widespread biting. The University of Western Australia Dept. of Epidemiology has also reported cases of Ross River and Bramah Forest virus in the area, as well. There are no recommendations for travelers to avoid the area but mosquito bite preventionis highly suggested. Warnings are specific for travelers and new comers to the area, who are most likely to be effected. Children are also considered at high risk. Those camping or sleeping near rivers or swamps in the area should have adequate preparation for mosquito bite prevention.
Symptoms of the viruses include fever, headache, malaise/fatigue, stiff neck, nausea and dizziness. If left untreated, the person may loose consciousness and suffer from seizures. Death or permanent brain damage are possible.