width=217One week after the heavy rain across the states, more than 60 cases of Ross River virus have been reported in Queensland.

The figure was sharply higher than the 12 cases recorded in the first week of January, informs Queensland Health.

Dr Frank Beard, senior medical officer of Queensland Health said while the figures for the mosquito-borne disease were not as high as some previous years, there was a need for people to take precautions.

Such precautions include avoiding going outdoors around dusk and dawn, using strong insect repellent and regularly emptying pot plant saucers and birdbaths, said Dr Beard.

Ross River virus-infected people usually experience fever, pain and swelling of the joints. The joint pain typically lasts two to six weeks and can be quite severe. Other symptoms may include rash and lethargy.

Currently, there is no specific treatment for it.