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  • Maine - Man from Kennebec county recovering from the Jamestown Canyon virus after he was bit by a mosquito - 2 more cases


    Maine man recovering from rare mosquito transmitted virus a month after bite

    Beth McEvoy , WCSH 1:45 PM. EDT July 13, 2017


    AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) ? Maine Health and Human Services are warning Mainers to beware of mosquitos and the dangerous diseases they can carry.

    DHHS spokesperson says a Maine man from Kennebec county is recovering from the Jamestown Canyon virus after he was bit by a mosquito carrying the rare disease in June.

    DHHS says the man was hospitalized after he came down with symptoms including a fever and flu-like symptoms.

    Jamestown Canyon virus as well as the West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis DHHS says are viruses transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito and can not be transferred from a human to human or animal to human.

    ?This case reminds us all that mosquitoes are more than a nuisance, but they can also carry disease,? said State Epidemiologist, Dr. Siiri Bennett.
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    http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/main...bite/456386331

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    Press Release

    July 13, 2017

    It's Mosquito Season in Maine

    The Maine CDC reminds Mainers to take the necessary precautions to avoid potential diseases carried by mosquitoes

    AUGUSTA ? Summer is here, which means the arrival of mosquito season in Maine. Following recent identification of a case of Jamestown Canyon virus in the state, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) wants to raise awareness about arboviral diseases, including Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and West Nile virus (WNV), which are serious infections that are transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito. Although rare, these diseases have potentially severe and even fatal consequences for those who contract them.

    Jamestown Canyon virus is a relatively rare disease that can be carried by multiple mosquitoes including mosquito species that are present here in Maine. The case involved a mature adult from Kennebec County who had symptom onset in early June. The case required hospitalization but the individual is recovering at home. Symptoms of arboviral illnesses include fever and flu-like illness, and can result in encephalitis or meningitis. Jamestown Canyon virus as well as the two more well-known diseases?West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis ?are viruses transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. They cannot be transmitted from human to human or animal to human.

    "This case reminds us all that mosquitoes are more than a nuisance, but they can also carry disease," said State Epidemiologist, Dr. Siiri Bennett. "Prevention is key if Mainers are going to protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases."

    Steps Mainers can take to protect themselves from mosquito bites include:
    ? Wear long sleeves and long pants
    ? Use an EPA approved repellent on skin and clothes - always follow the instructions on the label
    ? Take extra precautions at dusk and dawn
    ? Use screens on your windows and doors
    ? Drain artificial sources of standing water where you live, work, and play

    The risk for being bitten by a mosquito is highest from dusk to dawn and when temperatures are above 50 degrees (and especially above 60 degrees). These are the conditions when mosquitoes are most actively biting.

    The mosquitoes that carry EEE and WNVs pick it up from infected wild birds. The virus replicates in birds, which act as natural reservoirs for the disease. Maine tests mosquitoes for EEE and WNV starting in July and continuing through the summer months.

    Maine CDC provides information on mosquito-borne disease surveillance in Maine on a weekly basis. These reports are posted every Monday beginning July 17th through mid-October at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infe...eillance.shtml

    For More Information:
    ? Maine CDC's vectorborne disease website: http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infe...ne/index.shtml
    ? Information on pesticides and repellents is available at the Maine Board of Pesticides Control website at: http://www.maine.gov/agriculture/pes...x.htm#mosquito
    ? Check out our videos on mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases at Maine CDC's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/MainePublicHealth

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    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.”
    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
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