Rare Mosquito-borne Virus Reported In Maine

Aug 24, 2017

Two more cases of Jamestown Canyon virus have been identified in Maine. This is the first year that the mosquito-borne disease has been detected in the state, bringing the total number of cases to three. But state epidemiologist Dr. Siiri Bennett says it’s unclear whether the virus is more common, or it’s been detected through better testing.

“We just have to be really cautious when there are mosquitoes are around,” says Bennett. “Use the inspect repellant. Cover up. Make sure you are aware of what you can do to prevent bites.”

Jamestown Canyon is an arboviral disease, as are West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. They can cause flu-like symptoms as well as encephalitis and meningitis.

Dr. Bennett says Mainers should take precautions to prevent these Jameston Canyon and other mosquito-borne diseases.

“Wear long sleeves, long trousers, use insect repellent,” she says. “Get rid of standing water on your property.”