SENATORS APPLAUD HHS EFFORTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Senator Chuck Morse
(603) 271 – 2646
Contact: Senator Andre Martel
(603) 271 – 3207

Contact: Senator Jack Barnes

(603) 271 – 7802

July 20, 2006

Concord , NH –Today an announcement was made by the Department of Health and Human Services confirming the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a mosquito pool in Danville, New Hampshire. Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Morse (R- Salem) applauded the Department of Health and Human Services for their immediate response in urging prevention. “After the seven confirmed cases of EEE and two resulting deaths last year, I am pleased that Commissioner Stephen and the Department of Health and Human Services have reacted so quickly.”

HB 1464 allows towns and cities to develop mosquito control districts that can seek funds to offset the cost of mosquito control activities. Senator Morse, Senate sponsor of the bill, commented, “As a direct result of this legislation, the State is partnering with the town of Danville to deal with the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses so they do not have to shoulder the health risk on their own.”

In addition to the reimbursement of funds, the legislation allows for the expedited approval for mosquito control and abatement activities, allowing cities and towns to take the necessary preventative measures without the red tape.

Senator Jack Barnes (R- Raymond), who represents the town of Danville said, “Responding quickly and effectively for the residents of Danville makes all the difference; it would not have been possible without this bill. I am working closely with the Commissioner and Department of Health and Human Services to monitor the situation.”

House Bill 1464 also creates a task force to coordinate the local, regional and State response to arboviruses. Senator Andre Martel (R-Manchester), Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee called the first meeting of the task force for Thursday, July 27th. Senator Martel commented, “The confirmation of EEE in Danville further proves how important it is that the State responds quickly to events such as this. This is why Ihave called for a meeting within the next week to ensure that all levels of government are working together for the safety of all citizens.”