There is no known vaccine or cure for Ross River Virus – a mosquito-borne virus that causes those who’ve been infected to suffer fever, rash and join pains.
Currently, people who’ve been infected are simply given anti-inflammatories and corticosteroids to help manage the pain, but hopes for actually eliminating the virus from their system are non-existant.
Now, Dr Lara Herrero from Griffith University on the Gold Coast believes she might have come up with a break-through treatment. And she’s calling for local volunteers who have the virus to take part in a trial.
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- have been infected between 3 and 9 months ago,
- be between 18 and 65 years of age,
- have symptoms in two or more joints.