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Victorian woman dies from Murray Valley encephalitis, as more cases found



A Victorian woman who died in late February has been confirmed to have contracted Murray Valley encephalitis, a rare but often fatal mosquito-borne illness.

The woman in her 60s was likely exposed to the virus in the Bendigo area but also travelled to the Swan Hill local government area during the acquisition period, a statement from Victoria's Department of Health read.

Her death was reported as a man was confirmed to be in hospital with the disease.

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The man in his 70s contracted the virus in the Campaspe Shire, a regional area which takes in the Murray River town of Echuca.

Local councils are undertaking mosquito control activities in the affected areas.

The man and woman are the second and third cases of the disease in Victoria this mosquito season.

The first case was a woman in her 60s who died of the illness last month. That was the first recorded case of Murray Valley encephalitis in the state since 1974.

Most people bitten by mosquitoes infected with Murray Valley encephalitis do not develop symptoms greater than minor swelling and irritation.

For some, symptoms first develop one to two weeks after being bitten, and include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and muscle aches.

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Victoria has recorded its first human case and death from the mosquito-borne Murray Valley encephalitis virus in almost 50 years.

Others can develop more serious symptoms including severe headache, neck stiffness, sensitivity to bright lights, drowsiness, confusion, seizures, loss of consciousness or coma.

The virus can result in death or long-term neurological complications.

Residents and people visiting northern Victoria are recommended to take action to avoid mosquito bites.

That includes limiting time spent outdoors and dawn and dusk and to wear insect repellent at all times when outdoors.

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