If you thought mosquitoes only carry West Nile virus and Zika, you’re wrong. These are just the two the public hears the most about from the media. In fact, there’s another, rarer disease being spread by mosquitoes right next to us in Maine. Jamestown Canyon virus is a rare disease carried by mosquitoes, for which there’s no treatment and it’s already been officially diagnosed in three local individuals. The symptoms of the virus are eerily similar to West Nile and EEE. The symptoms of Jamestown Canyon virus include:
- Body Aches
- Neck Stiffness
- Other, flu-like symptoms
- ** Some patients also develop serious complications including brain swelling or meningitis
In the recent article, Dr. Siiri Bennett, Maine’s state epidemiologist stated, Doctors don’t routinely test for the illness, so she suspects there are more cases in Maine that just haven’t been identified. She also made note of the significance of the findings, “There’s so much we don’t know about this virus,” she said. “It’s alarming to know that it’s out there, that there’s another virus you need to be aware of.”
Contracting Jamestown Canyon virus is extremely rare, however, with only 31 cases being reported between 2000 – 2013. So, there’s no need to panic. At Mosquito Squad of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, we feel it pertinent to keep local residents up to date with the latest news in mosquito and tick activity.
You can always count on us to ensure that your yard is free of mosquitoes and ticks. If you ever have any questions, feel free to call us at 603.380.4541 or drop us an email at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you soon!