EEE found in mosquitoes in Candia

CANDIA, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services in Concord recently confirmed that a batch of mosquitoes collected in Candia has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). 

EEE is considered a rare but serious disease transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Symptoms of the virus appear 4 to 10 days after being bitten by a mosquito carrying the EEE virus. People who get sick from EEE develop flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, weakness, and muscle and joint pains. A more serious central nervous system infection can develop such as meningitis and encephalitis (inflammation of the brain). There is no vaccine to prevent EEE and treatment consists of supportive care. 

The best way to prevent infection from EEE and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent bites. Protect yourself and your family with a few simple steps. Stay vigilant when you are outside. Avoid being outside at dawn and dusk when possible. Use EPA registered repellents and cover up by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants. 

Dump water out of containers such as wheel barrows, buckets, trash barrels, tarps, boats, canoes, bird baths and any other manmade container that mosquitoes need to lay eggs. Check screens on windows and doors for holes whereby mosquitoes can enter your home. Talk to your veterinarian about heartworm control options for your pets. Vaccinate your horses for EEE and West Nile Virus.

Further communication will be provided if emergency spraying for adult mosquitoes is planned at town-owned properties.

Mosquito trapping and disease testing will continue until mid-October. Treatment of mosquito larvae in the wetlands is ongoing. The threat of mosquitoes carrying disease won’t diminish until a hard freeze which may not occur until sometime in November.


Source: Health Department

Category: Town Hall News

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