NH DHHS Identifies a Horse Positive for WNV from Belmont

New Positive Leads to Increase in Risk Levels

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) today announces a positive test result for West Nile Virus (WNV) in

a horse from Belmont. This finding necessitates increasing the risk level

in Belmont from “Remote” to “High.” Towns surrounding Belmont, including

Northfield, Tilton, Sanbornton, Laconia, Gilford, Gilmanton, and

Canterbury, will be raised to “Moderate Risk.”

“Though parts of the State saw frost last night, we are not through with

the mosquito season yet,” said Dr. José Montero, Public Health Director at

DHHS. “There are still mosquitoes around and we are urging residents to

continue to take precautions against mosquito bites including using a


So far this season New Hampshire’s Public Health Lab has tested 5,174

batches of mosquitoes. Of those, 14 have tested positive for WNV and 20

tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). One person was also

diagnosed with WNV, and three other horses were found positive for EEE

earlier in the season.

Symptoms of WNV disease often appear 4 to 10 days after being bitten. If

you or someone you know is experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever

and headache, contact your local medical provider.

Questions about EEE and WNV can be answered by calling the toll free

EEE/West Nile Virus information line at 1-866-273-6453. You can also find

extensive information about both diseases on our website

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/arboviral/index.htm .

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