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Posted on: August 25, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Mosquito-Borne Illness Identified in Wells

Mosquito Bourne Disease Alert

The Town of Wells has been advised by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention that a case of Jamestown Canyon Virus was recently identified in Wells.  

Jamestown Canyon Virus


Information regarding the Jamestown Canyon Virus can be found here.

Information regarding repellants that can help prevent mosquito bites can be found here


In the event of an arbovirus being present in a community, and out of precaution, the Town of Wells and Maine CDC suggest the following recommendations:

  • Draining sources of artificial standing water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs
  • Covering exposed skin when outdoors
    • Long-sleeved shirts, pants, and socks
  • Using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved repellents
    • DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus on skin
    • Permethrin on clothing
    • Always follow the instructions on the product’s label
  • Avoid being outdoors during dawn/dusk when mosquitoes are most active
  • Use screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering buildings 
    • Repair torn screens 
  • Consult with an Integrated Pest Management Specialist
    • Specialist can provide information on the use of products to control mosquitoes
  • • Consider rescheduling outdoor events including
    • Sporting practices
    • Sports games
    • Any other events that put the public outside during peak mosquito activity

More information regarding the Jamestown Canyon Virus and other mosquito-borne illness can be found on the Maine CDC website.

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