By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
New Hampshire state health officials reported Wednesday on the second case of Jamestown Canyon virus (JCV) infection of the year.
The patient is an adult from Lanconia. The first case of the year was reported in August in Kingston.
“There are still mosquitos present this time of year that can transmit a variety of infections, including Jamestown Canyon Virus,” said Dr. Benjamin Chan, State Epidemiologist. “It is important for residents and visitors to continue to take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”
Jamestown Canyon virus is a mosquito-borne pathogen that circulates widely in North America primarily between deer and mosquitoes but can also infect humans. Reports in humans have been increasing over the last several years. This is New Hampshire’s eighth case of JCV since the first report of the disease in 2013. Most illnesses caused by JCV have been mild, but moderate-to-severe central nervous system involvement has been reported, including fatal infections.