Medical Microbiology and Immunology

, Volume 198, Issue 4, pp 271–273

Ross River virus infection in a traveller returning from northern Australia

  • Dennis Tappe
  • Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit
  • Angelika Ries
  • Uwe Ziegler
  • Andreas Müller
  • August Stich
Case Report


Ross River virus is an arthropod-borne alphavirus (family Togaviridae) causing epidemic polyarthritis in the Australia-Pacific region. The infection causes substantial morbidity due to long-lasting arthralgia. Despite being the most common arboviral infection in Australia, reports in travellers are scarce. Here, we describe the disease in a German traveller who was not aware of the prevalence of this infection in his holiday destination, the Northern Territory and Queensland, Australia. The patient had neither fever nor rash, but presented with chills, watery diarrhoea and severe, prolonged arthritis.


Ross River virus Arbovirus Epidemic polyarthritis Australia Travel-related infection 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Tappe
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit
    • 3
  • Angelika Ries
    • 2
  • Uwe Ziegler
    • 2
  • Andreas Müller
    • 2
  • August Stich
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Hygiene and MicrobiologyUniversity of WürzburgWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Tropical MedicineMedical Mission HospitalWürzburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of VirologyBernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical MedicineHamburgGermany

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