Public Health Services has confirmed five cases of the Barmah Forest Virus, with another two to be confirmed.
Cases of the virus have been recorded on the East Coast, with residents being advised to protect themselves against infection.
Symptoms include: tiredness, rash, joint pain and swelling, muscle pain, a fever, chills and headaches.
Symptoms typically occur seven to ten days after the subject has been bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus.
Ways to protect yourself against the virus include covering up skin, using mosquito repellent placing screens on windows and doors and generally avoiding mosquito-heavy areas and times.
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The PHS has noted that most people completely recover within a few weeks, however prevention is important due to no specific treatment being available.
These are the first recorded cases of the Barmah Forest Virus being contracted in Tasmania as opposed to being acquired from interstate.
The PHS and the University of Tasmania are launching a joint mosquito trapping plan to learn more about the outbreak.
Trapping mosquitos will allow for PHS and UTAS to determine the species of mosquito carrying the virus as well as research it.
PHS has advised those who think they have contracted the Barmah Forest Virus or are experiencing symptoms they are advised to call the PHS hotline on 1800 671 738.
For further information visit dhhs.tas.gov.au/publichealth/communicable_diseases_prevention_unit/infectious_diseases/ross_river