New Hampshire Identifies First EEE Positive Test
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announces the first positive test for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) this year.
An alpaca in Rockingham County tested positive for the disease. This is the first indication of EEE in New Hampshire this year and there have been no positives for West Nile virus (WNV) identified yet this year. Last year one mosquito pool tested positive for WNV and one animal and eight mosquito pools tested positive for EEE in the State.
"This is not unexpected," said Nicholas Toumpas, DHHS Commissioner, "but still unfortunate. Nice weather has finally arrived and with it an increase in mosquito activity."
"We must remember, however, that EEE and WNV are preventable. The best way to protect your family and yourself is to take simple prevention steps. We urge everybody to use effective insect repellent and try to wear long sleeves and pants while outside at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, and eliminate places for water to collect on your property, such as pool covers, that allow mosquitoes to breed."
DHHS has a toll-free hotline for EEE/West Nile virus at 1-866-273-6453 for information about these diseases. So far this year as of August 11, the State Public Health Lab has tested 909 mosquito pools, 2 animals, and 49 human specimens from across the State for EEE and West Nile virus, but this is the first positive.
DHHS is working with medical providers and local health officials to ensure the public’s health through surveillance for these diseases and proactive prevention and control strategies.