Definition of Barmah Forest virus in English:

Barmah Forest virus

noun

mass noun
  • A mosquito-borne viral disease characterized by a rash, and joint and muscle pain.

    ‘twelve people have been struck down with Barmah Forest virus so far this year’
    • ‘The alphaviruses Barmah Forest virus and Ross River virus accounted for 6,036 (77 %) of these.’
    • ‘Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses are now commonly reported from southern states.’
    • ‘On the east coast, from south-east Queensland through to the far northern NSW border, you also get lots of nuisance of biting from mosquitoes and the chance of Barmah Forest Virus.’
    • ‘"We are seeing increased reports of Ross River and Barmah Forest virus from the capital cities too."’
    • ‘The incidence of Ross River and Barmah Forest virus infections increase greatly during summer.’
    • ‘Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE), Ross River fever (RRF) and Barmah Forest virus (BFV) occur periodically in parts of Australia.’
    • ‘The Public Health Unit has updated the warning from February 4 after Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses were identified in mosquitoes collected from these suburbs.’
    • ‘Barmah Forest virus was detected.’
    • ‘Dengue fever, with similar symptoms to Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses, is another mosquito-borne danger, present north of Townsville.’
    • ‘Georges River residents and visitors have been warned to protect themselves against mosquito bites after the Barmah Forest virus was found in mosquitoes trapped at Alfords Point in January.’

Origin

1980s: from Barmah Forest in northern Victoria, where the virus was first isolated.

Pronunciation

Barmah Forest virus

/ˌbɑːmə ˈfɒrɪst ˌvʌɪrəs/