NH DHHS Identifies Positive Test for EEE in Emu in Alstead

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) today announced a positive test result for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in an Emu in the southwestern town of Alstead.

“This is an important finding,” said DHHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero, “because up to now, we have not had positive EEE results in mammals or in species like emus in this region of the State. Since there is no history of EEE in this region, we will be setting up trapping to determine what type of mosquitoes are in that area.”

So far this season DPHS has tested 3,346 mosquito pools. Of those 53 tested positive for EEE. A horse in Bow, and a llama and alpaca in Candia have also tested positive for the disease. There have been no positive tests this season for West Nile Virus (WNV).

“We want people to remember that while this is a serious disease,” said Montero, “there are some very important prevention measures people can take to protect themselves and their loved ones, including using insect repellent, avoiding being outside when mosquitoes are biting, wearing long sleeves and pants, and eliminating standing water on your property.”

Questions about EEE and WNV can be answered by calling the toll free EEE/West Nile Virus hotline at 1-866-273-6453. You can also find extensive information about both diseases on our website www.dhhs.nh.gov.