Table of arboviruses of importance to Australia

There are a number of mosquito-borne diseases which are of public health significance to Australia.

Page last updated: 13 April 2017

Table: This table describes the arboviruses of public health importance in Australia.

Virus Genus Name of Virus Abbreviation of the virus name Description of disease
Flavivirus Murray Valley encephalitis virus MVEV Murray Valley encephalitis or MVE may be used to describe the encephalitic illness due to MVEV. For other illnesses use MVEV followed by a description of the illness, eg MVEV fever or MVEV infection
Flavivirus Kunjin virus KUNV Use KUNV followed by a description of the illness, eg KUNV fever or KUNV encephalitis
Flavivirus Japanese encephalitis virus JEV Japanese encephalitis or JE may be used to describe the encephalitic illness due to JEV. For other illnesses use JEV followed by a description of the illness, eg JEV fever or JEV infection
Flavivirus West Nile virus WNV Use WNV followed by a description of the illness, eg WNV fever or WNV encephalitis
Flavivirus Dengue 1, 2, 3 and 4 virus DENV-1
DENV-2
DENV-3
DENV-4
Dengue fever, dengue haemorrhagic fever (or DHF), and dengue shock syndrome (or DSS) may be used to describe those clinical entities. For other use DENV followed by a description of the illness, eg DENV encephalopathy
Alphavirus Ross River virus RRV Use RRV followed by a description of the illness, eg RRV disease or RRV polyarthralgia
Alphavirus Barmah Forest virus BFV Use BFV followed by a description of the illness, eg BFV disease or BFV polyarthralgia
Alphavirus Chikungunya virus CHIKV Use CHIKV followed by a description of the illness, eg CHIKV disease or CHIKV polyarthralgia
Bunyavirus Rift Valley fever virus RVFV Rift Valley fever or RVF may be used to describe the febrile illness due to RVFV. For other illnesses use RVFV followed by a description of the illness, eg RVFV encephalitis or RVFV infection