Remain Vigilant to Prevent West Nile, EEE

HealthBuzzThough summer is winding down, the risk of transmission of West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) remains. That point was driven home with the report this week at West Nile Virus was found in mosquitoes in Manchester. This is the first time West Nile Virus has been found in NH this year; there have been no positive tests for EEE yet this year.

West Nile Virus and EEE are transmitted by mosquito bite, so it’s important people take precautions to avoid being bitten. The state Department of Health and Human Services recommends:

  • Using a mosquito repellant that contains 30 percent DEET
  • Wearing long sleeve shirts and pants at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active
  • Removing standing water from around your home (mosquitoes use this to breed)

Symptoms of West Nile Virus appear within a week of being bitten, though you may not necessarily develop symptoms. According to DHHS, symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. Some may go on to develop more serious central nervous system disease, such as meningitis or encephalitis. It’s important that you contact your medical provider if you, or someone you know, is experiencing the flu-like symptoms described above.

You can get more information on West Nile Virus and EEE by calling 1-866-273-6453 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information on the Centers for Disease Control website.


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