Ross River Virus

Ross River Virus

It is mosquito season and mosquitoes carrying the Ross River Virus (RRV) can transmit this disease to humans which they bite. Less than 33% of people bitten by a RRV infected mosquito will develop this
debilitating disease. The incubation period is between 3 –21 days, however symptoms generally appear between 7 – 14 days and include fatigue, fever, headache, inflamed lymph glands and joint pain. Duration of illness is variable with 50% of cases continuing to experience pain and fatigue six months later. Relapse can occur with stress and over exertion.

During the initial stage of infection, immune stimulating herbs with anti-viral properties can be a powerful weapon. Useful herbs include Echinacea, Andrographis, St John’s wort and Astragalus. Anti-arthritic herbs such as Boswellia, ginger and turmeric may assist with joint pain and inflammation.

Nutrients such as zinc, vitamin C, magnesium, B vitamins, seleniumand iron help to optimise the immune system and support energy production to combat fatigue. Rest, fluids, less sugar and simple home cooked meals are of tremendous benefit.

Once past the initial stage, a continuation of supportive herbs and nutrients will assist recovery and reduce the risk of relapse, particularly for individuals who are run down and overcommitted.

Written by Natalie Elliott
Published 02/04/2011

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