I recently read a somewhat alarmist notice by the state board of health in NH who claimed that some man had tested positive for Jamestown Canyon virus, a rare disease even in its natural environment of Colorado. Supposedly the man has not travelled out of state.
So, I am wondering how it is possible for such a virus to be transmitted. My understanding is that a mosquito only bites twice then it breeds, so basically what has to happen is the first bite has to be on an infected human (or animal) and then the second bite on the victim. So, if this guy got Jamestown Canyon virus, then he must have been in mosquito range of some other infected creature of which we have no knowledge.
Now, unless there is some type of animal that is endemically infected with Jamestown Canyon virus which is transferable to humans, it would seem unlikely to me that there would be any source from which the man could have gotten the virus.
So, I am wondering what kind of plausible scenario would have made this disease transmission possible, assuming it really occurred?