FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

Third case, second death of EEE reported by New Hampshire DHHS

The third case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) was reported on Wednesday by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), representing the second death this season as a result of EEE in the state.

It is believed that the individual from Manchester was infected in late August and EEE was not confirmed until the person died in mid-September.

"Our sympathies are with the family of this individual as they grieve the unfortunate death of their loved one,” DHHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero said. “It is important that everyone in New Hampshire remember to continue to take steps in order to prevent mosquito bites to themselves and their loved ones until the season ends with a hard frost.”

EEE testing in New Hampshire found 18 infected mosquito batches and two infected animals. West Nile was only found in one batch of mosquitos.

After being bitten by an infected mosquito it can take four to 10 days for symptoms to appear and they generally include flu-like symptoms including fever and headache.

DHHS advises residents to use mosquito repellant and to wear long sleeves and pants in the evenings. It is also important to remove any standing water from around the home and take measures to ensure mosquitoes don’t enter the home.

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New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services 129 Pleasant St Concord, NH 03301

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