Symptoms of Ross River virus infection typically develop within a few days to a few weeks after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Common symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Joint pain (arthralgia)
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Fatigue
  • Rash
  • Swollen lymph nodes

These symptoms can vary in severity and may persist for weeks to months. In some cases, joint pain and fatigue may persist for an extended period, affecting the quality of life of the individual.

Note that this condition requires a notification to the Public Health Unit by laboratories in accord with the Public Health Act 2010 and the Public Health Regulation 2012.

What we test

Ross River Virus Serology

Ross River serological tests are important tools in diagnosing Ross River virus infection in individuals who present with symptoms suggestive of the disease.

This blood test measures:

The IgG antibody appears within a week of infection, then persists for life. If the IgM antibody is negative but IgG antibody is positive, then it is likely that the person tested had a previous Ross River Virus infection.

If an individual is positive for IgM antibodies, then it is likely that the person has a recent infection.

Test instructions

Download and print your pathology form from your i-screen dashboard.

Take your form to one of our affiliated collection centres to have your sample taken.

You do not need to fast for this blood test.

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