Mosquito-borne diseases in South Australia

We all know mosquitoes can be a nuisance, but some can spread serious diseases when they bite.

The most common diseases spread by mosquitoes in South Australia are Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus.

Some mosquitoes can also spread rare, but more serious and sometimes fatal diseases.

Murray Valley encephalitisJapanese encephalitis and Kunjin viruses can be spread by mosquitoes in South Australia and other parts of Australia.

Dengue fever can be spread by mosquitoes in North Queensland.

Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites

Cover up

Wear long, loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing.


Use a mosquito repellent containing either DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD) that have been approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).


Stop mosquitoes breeding in water pooling around your property.