Mosquito-Borne Virus in New Hampshire

 

We’ve all been so busy fighting COVID-19 it’s time to remember there are other viruses out there.  It’s that time of year when the mosquitos come out to bite and this year a scourge of mosquitos in Bow, New Hampshire has been discovered to be carrying the Jamestown Canyon Virus (JCV) according to unionleader.com.  There are only about 15 cases of the virus detected in the US a year, but one case was found in 2020 so it’s good to know what our risks are.

 

Why the Testing of Mosquitos in our Area?

 

The mosquitos in our area are being tested as part of a pilot program that is a collaboration with New Hampshire State officials, Cornell University, New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the Northeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases to see what the numbers look like in New Hampshire on this Jamestown Canyon Virus.

“JCV is known to be brisk to people in New Hampshire, so we are fortunate to have been able to increase surveillance for this arbovirus through this pilot project,” Deputy State Epidemiologist Dr. Elizabeth Talbot says according to the unionleader.com.

 

What are the Symptoms of JCV?

 

Fever, muscle aches, headache, and fatigue are all symptoms of the Jamestown Canyon Virus.  Those symptoms are pretty common across a range is health issues so when in doubt, contact your doctor and seek medical attention.  Mention that you have been outdoors, so the medical professionals know to look for a mosquito-borne illness.  In addition to JCV, we also have to deal with West Nile Virus and EEE.  Put on the bug repellent before you go out.

 

 

 

 

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