Concord, NH – Today the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is placing additional towns on the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) public health threat list. This threat declaration allows for the possibility of providing assistance for threat mitigation to the included towns. The towns added to the list include: Allenstown, Barrington, Brentwood, Bow, Chichester, Concord, Danville, Dover, Dunbarton, Durham, East Kingston, Epping, Epsom, Exeter, Fremont, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Hopkinton, Hudson, Kensington, Kingston, Lee, Litchfield, Madbury, Merrimack, Nashua, New Castle, Newfields, Newington, Newmarket, Newton, North Hampton, Northwood, Nottingham, Pelham, Pembroke, Plaistow, Portsmouth, Rye, Seabrook, South Hampton, and Stratham. The previously declared towns under the August declaration are Atkinson, Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Chester, Deerfield, Derry, Goffstown, Hampstead, Hooksett, Londonderry, Manchester, Raymond, Salem, Sandown, and Windham
DHHS is also announcing that a horse in Bow and a llama in Candia have both tested positive for EEE. These are in addition to the alpaca from Candia and 23 EEE positive mosquito pools. There have been no positive test results for West Nile virus (WMV) this season. So far this season the State Public Health Lab has tested 2,294 mosquito pools, 5 animals, and 66 human specimens from across the State for EEE and WNV.
The public health threat declaration allows for expedited permitting for mosquito control and allows the State to reimburse cities and towns for up to 25% of their costs associated with mosquito control and abatement if local communities have an approved mosquito control plan and the State determines that there is a threat to residents from mosquito-borne illnesses.
“In the last couple of weeks there has been an increase of EEE activity in the State so we are taking steps to help mitigate the threat,” said Dr. Jose Montero, Public Health Director at DHHS. “People need to remember though that the most important steps to take are personal protective measures including using insect repellent, avoiding being outside when mosquitoes are biting, wearing long sleeves and pants, and eliminating standing water on your property.”
Call the DHHS information line for EEE/West Nile virus questions at 1-866-273-6453 or visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov.