Michigan Identifies Jamestown Canyon Virus In Bay County Mosquitoes

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says the first mosquitoes in the state to test for a mosquito-borne illness have been found in Bay County. The department says mosquitoes recently collected tested positive for Jamestown Canyon virus. While most people who contract Jamestown Canyon virus don’t become ill, initial symptoms can include fever, headache, and fatigue. In rare cases, it can cause severe disease in the brain or spinal cord including encephalitis and meningitis. The state health department says the best way to protect yourself from it and other mosquito borne illnesses is to prevent mosquito bites by wearing long pants and sleeves and using insect repellent containing DEET. Michigan residents are reminded this is the time of year when mosquitoes spread illnesses that include Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile virus. Everyone is urged to take precautions.