Virology is the study of viruses. Viruses may infect humans through various contact and contamination pathways including insects and animal bites, food consumption, and exchange of bodily fluids. Farm animals and crop plants are also susceptible to viruses which can be introduced through contamination from pollutants.
Australia is a climatically diverse country varying from a tropical climate in the north to arid central desert and grassland regions and temperate climates in the south. In the wild, mosquito-borne viruses include members of the alphavirus genus, particularly Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus, which cause arthralgia with fever or rash. Less frequent but more serious illness is caused by the encephalitic flaviviruses, Murray Valley encephalitis virus, and the Kunjin strain of West Nile virus. In addition dengue occurs intermittently in the northern part of Queensland, and in recent years Japanese encephalitis virus has been found in the Torres Strait Islands and the tip of far north Queensland. Also of interest, but with a much lower risk, are the bat-borne viruses, Hendra virus and Australian bat lyssavirus, that have led to some human infections.
There are hundreds of different diseases that can be spread through bacterial, viral or toxic contamination according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
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Our experts have a strong background and practical experience with careers spanning many decades. They are instructors at health institutes, universities, and research laboratories, which enables them to provide opinions on viral infections and diseases contracted in Australia.
Clients are particularly interested in our experts’ knowledge about viral infections to provide opinion on their various matters.
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Emerging viral infections in Australia
While many viruses that infect humans in Australia are found worldwide, some are unique to our country or region.
WHO urged to act to eliminate ancient virus HTLV-1 found in Australia
Scientists and doctors from around the globe are urging the World Health Organisation to tackle the "deadly" ancient virus HTLV-1, which has been found at "astounding" rates in Australia.
Graham Barclay Oysters Pty Ltd v Ryan  FCA 1099
This involved the duty of care hat council and State governments owe to minimise faecal contamination in a lake where oysters are grown commercially. These oysters were carrying the hepatitis A virus which could be passed on to consumers eating them.
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