By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
New Jersey health officials reported today on a Jamestown Canyon virus (JCV) case reported in a Sussex County resident.
The patient in his 60s tested positive after an onset of fever and neurological symptoms in May.
This is the first detection of a mosquito-borne disease in the State this year and only the second human case of JCV reported in New Jersey (the first case was in 2015, also in Sussex County).
“Spending time outdoors, whether walking, gardening, or playing with our dogs, is a good way to maintain physical and mental health, but it is important to take steps to prevent mosquito and tick bites, which are responsible for several diseases in New Jersey” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli. “When enjoying the outdoors, remember to use an EPA-registered insect repellent, cover skin with clothing when you can, and check yourself and your pets for ticks and quickly remove them with tweezers.”
Jamestown Canyon virus 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 as recognition and testing for this virus has increased. Many illnesses caused by JCV are mild, but moderate-to-severe central nervous system involvement requiring hospitalization have been reported, including fatal infections.
There are no vaccines to prevent JCV and treatment consists of supportive care.
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