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Friday, August 30, 2019   

CONCORD, N.H. – State health officials want residents and their visitors to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites this Labor Day Weekend in order to prevent vector-borne diseases.

Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services announced that a horse from Northwood was identified with Eastern Equine Encephalitis – or Triple E – virus, a potentially deadly infection that can spread to humans and causes swelling of the brain.

State Epidemiologist, Dr. Benjamin Chan says that New Hampshire has seen a particularly bad year for insect-borne diseases.

"So far we've had a pretty active mosquito-transmitted infectious season, and risk for these infections generally increases as the summer goes on into the fall when mosquitoes that are circulating are more likely to have picked up these viruses," says Chan.

He says residents and visitors should protect themselves by wearing a repellent with DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus to keep mosquitoes away. Prevention is key, since there is no treatment for Triple E.

The state recommends that people in high-risk areas consider moving activities indoors after dusk. Dr. Chan says not to forget to watch for mosquitoes in and around the home.

"One thing that people may not think about is that mosquitoes breed and reproduce in standing water, and so we encourage people to walk around their homes, look for sources of standing water, whether it's kids' toys or old tires or maybe tarps that are collecting water, and to routinely empty out the water and make sure the water is not building up as a way to reduce mosquito populations around one's home," says Chan.

Symptoms of Triple E virus usually appear four to ten days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, and include fever, headache, weakness, and muscle and joint pains.


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