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Woman riddled with mosquito bites suffers drastic weight loss as outbreak of dangerous Ross River virus spreads across the Gold Coast Gold Coast resident, 76, was diagnosed with Ross River virus earlier this month It is a disease caused by a virus which usually spreads by infected mosquitoes Symptoms include joint pain and swelling, rashes for up to 10 days and fevers The elderly woman was infected by mosquitoes from a nearby vacant golf club 

By Andrew Prentice For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 23:13 GMT, 12 February 2019 | Updated: 23:27 GMT, 12 February 2019

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An elderly woman who was covered in mosquito bites due to an infestation of the insects at a local golf club has contracted the serious Ross River virus as an outbreak of the normally tropical disease spreads as far south as the Gold Coast.

The woman, 76, was diagnosed with the virus earlier this month, after being bitten many times by mosquitoes that had bred in the water on the liquidated Helensvale Gold Club.

Ross River virus is normally only found in tropical areas, and causes serious inflammation, rashes and fever that can last for weeks.

A Gold Coast woman was diagnosed with the Ross River virus earlier this month after she was virtually 'eaten alive' by swarms of mosquitoes (stock image)

A Gold Coast woman was diagnosed with the Ross River virus earlier this month after she was virtually 'eaten alive' by swarms of mosquitoes (stock image)

Mosquitoes breeding in the vacant Helensvale Golf Club on the Gold Coast have given five residents the Ross River virus (stock image)

Mosquitoes breeding in the vacant Helensvale Golf Club on the Gold Coast have given five residents the Ross River virus (stock image)

In March last year, the local council took possession of the vacant golf course and undertakes basic

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