More EEE found in Candia. State raises risk level to High.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has confirmed a third batch of mosquitoes from Candia, NH has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The latest mosquitoes were trapped on October 8, 2019. Candia's arboviral risk level has been raised to High. The risk level for towns surrounding Candia have been raised to moderate. EEE is transmitted by infected mosquitoes. There are no vaccines to prevent EEE and treatment consists of supportive care.

In New Hampshire, EEE infected mosquitoes have been trapped in Candia, Fremont, Hampstead, Newton, Sandown, Manchester, Pelham and Portsmouth this season. A horse in Northwood and one in Francestown contracted EEE this year. At this time, no human cases have been detected. EEE is spread by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds. Humans, horses and other types of mammals can become infected from a mosquito bite, but the virus cannot be transferred from mammal to mammal. You can't get EEE from a horse.

The best way to prevent infection from EEE and other mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile Virus and Jamestown Canyon Virus is to prevent mosquito bites. Stay vigilant when you are outside. Protect yourself by using an EPA approved mosquito repellent, avoid exposure at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, wear long pants and long sleeves, and remove standing water from around your home that mosquitoes need to lay eggs.

Mosquito trapping and disease testing at the State Lab in Concord ends in mid-October. However, the threat of mosquitoes carrying disease won't diminish until late fall when we have a hard freeze.

Source: Health Department

Category: Town Hall News

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