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Sunday
Aug242014

NH DHHS Provides Update on Nut Butter

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

(DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announces nSpired Natural

Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling certain lots of its nut butter

products. The lots include Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha®

Almond Butters and Peanut Butters and specific private label nut butters

packaged in glass and plastic jars because they have the potential to be

contaminated with Salmonella. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDS)

alerted the Company to the potential risk following routine testing.

nSpired Natural Foods, Inc has received reports of four illnesses that may

be associated with these specific products. No cases of Salmonella linked

to this outbreak have been identified in New Hampshire.



"Since the range of products is broad and nut butters have a long shelf

life it’s important that people check their cupboards to see if they may

have some of this product at home," said NH Public Health Director Dr. Jose

Montero. "Most people recover from salmonellosis, but it has serious

implications for young children especially, who are also the most likely to

consume peanut butter products."



nSpired Natural Foods, Inc is working with consumers to remove them from

their homes, and retailers to remove and destroy the products from store

shelves and warehouses.



Products were distributed across the US, Canada, Hong Kong, United Arab

Emirates, and Dominican Republic. The products were also sold over the

internet. Consumers do not need to return the product; instead they are

urged to dispose of the recalled product and its container. Contact

nSpired Natural Foods, Inc at 1-800-937-7008 for a replacement, refund or

for general inquiries.



Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause serious and sometimes fatal

infections in young children, frail or elderly people and those with

weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected with Salmonella often

experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Some

cases may be more severe and may require hospitalization.



Consumers are advised to check the FDA website at

www.fda.gov/Food/default.htm  for updates on this recall and for a complete

list of the recalled products. Anyone with questions about salmonellosis

can call DPHS' Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496.

Saturday
Aug232014

NH DHHS Announces First Human Case of EEE This Season

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

(DHHS) is announcing the first human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis

(EEE) this season in an adult from Conway. The most recent previous human

case of EEE in New Hampshire was confirmed in 2009. Also four additional

mosquito batches were found to be positive in New Hampshire today; two in

Derry and two in Candia. Three of these batches were bird biting mosquitoes

indicating an increase in EEE activity in the bird population. One of the

batches was a mammal biting species which increases the risk of additional

human or veterinary cases of EEE. This brings the total of EEE mosquito

batches identified this season to five. There have been no West Nile Virus

positives yet this year.



In 2013, there were 27 positives for EEE, including 24 mosquito batches and

3 animals. EEE and WNV are transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitos.

This human finding will change the arboviral risk map for Conway to high

and the surrounding municipalities of Chatham, Bartlett, Hales Location,

Albany, Madison, and Eaton to moderate. The risk level in Derry will remain

at moderate. The risk level for Candia will increase to moderate.



“This positive is at about the same time as the previous EEE patient

identified in 2009,” said NH Public Health Director Dr. José Montero.

“There is no way to know where exactly this individual was infected, but we

do know that both of these diseases are present in New Hampshire so it is

important that everyone remember to take steps to prevent mosquito bites to

themselves and their loved ones.”



Symptoms of EEE 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. EEE is a more serious

disease than WNV and carries a high mortality rate for those who contract

the serious encephalitis form of the illness. Symptoms may include high

fever, severe headache, stiff neck, and sore throat. There is no specific

treatment for the disease, which can lead to seizures and coma.



You can protect yourself and your family from WNV and EEE with a few simple

steps, such as using effective mosquito repellant, wearing long sleeves and

pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, removing standing

water from around your house so mosquitoes do not have a place to breed,

and by checking doors and windows to ensure screens are in place and in

good condition to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.



For more information about EEE and West Nile Virus visit the DHHS website

at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/arboviral/index.htm and the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov . For questions

contact the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496.

# # #


Prevention Guidelines for West Nile Virus and

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health



Services





1. Eliminate standing water and other mosquito breeding locations.

In warm weather, mosquitoes can breed in any puddle that lasts more than 4

days!

· Remove old tires from your property.

· Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or other

containers. Don’t overlook containers that have become overgrown

by aquatic vegetation.

· Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left

outside.

· Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.

· Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and hot tubs. If not in use,

keep empty and covered and keep covers free of standing water.

· Aerate garden ponds or stock them with fish.

· Turn over wheelbarrows and change water in birdbaths at least

twice weekly.

· Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

· Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their

properties.



2. Be aware of where mosquitoes live and breed and keep them from entering

your home.

· Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Weeds, tall grass, and

bushes provide an outdoor home for adult mosquitoes, including

several species commonly associated with West Nile Virus and Eastern

Equine Encephalitis Virus.

· Mosquitoes can enter homes through unscreened windows or doors, or

broken screens. Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting

screens. Repair or replace all screens in your home that have tears

or holes.

· Resting mosquitoes can often be flushed from indoor resting sites by

using sweeping motions under beds, behind bedside tables etc. and

once in flight, exterminated prior to sleeping at night.



3. Protect yourself from mosquito bites.

· If outside during evening, nighttime, and dawn hours when mosquitoes

are most active and likely to bite, children and adults should wear

protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and

socks.

· Consider the use of an effective insect repellent, such as one

containing DEET. A repellent containing 30% or less DEET

(N,N-diethyl-methyl-meta-toluamide) for children and adults. Use DEET

according to the manufacturer's directions. Children should not apply

DEET to themselves. Repellents that contain Picaridin or oil of lemon

eucalyptus have also been determined to be effective.

· Vitamin B, ultrasonic devices, incense, and bug zappers have not been

shown to be effective in preventing mosquito bites.





For more information on West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Virus, call the NH Department of Health and Human Services toll-free West

Nile Virus Information Line at

866–273–NILE (6543), or visit the West Nile Virus Website at

www.dhhs.nh.gov .

Friday
Aug222014

NH DHHS - Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Give Third Annual Immunization Champion Award

Concord, NH - The Immunization Program in the Division of Public Health

Services at the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) celebrates the third New Hampshire Childhood Immunization Champion,

Dr. Everett Lamm. He is a pediatrician at Core Pediatrics in Exeter, New

Hampshire.



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization

Champion Award is an annual award given jointly by the CDC Foundation and

CDC to recognize individuals who are doing an exemplary job or going above

and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunizations in their

communities.



Dr. Lamm is a respected pediatrician and vaccine advocate who has worked

tirelessly to immunize his patients and spread the word about the

importance of vaccinations. Dr. Lamm is a sought after speaker who has been

educating parents, educators and healthcare providers through conferences,

community forums and panels for years. He also serves on the New Hampshire

Immunization Advisory Committee and the New Hampshire Vaccine Association.

He is always working to dispel fear and misunderstanding about vaccines to

parents, grandparents, teachers, aunts, uncles, and caregivers.



“It is an honor to receive this prestigious award as New Hampshire leads

the nation in immunizing children.” said Lamm, “My colleagues and I work

hard to immunize all of our patients to reduce their risks of getting

disease. Talking with families about vaccines is always time well spent.”



“It is dedicated physicians such as Dr. Lamm on the front lines of patient

health who make New Hampshire’s state-wide immunization program a success,”

said Dr. José Montero, Public Health Director at DHHS. “We are grateful for

his creative thinking and willingness to be a role model and spokesperson.

His hard work and dedication are a tremendous asset to the greater Exeter

region and the State.”





For more information about the Childhood Immunization Champion Award, go to

www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw/champions/index.html. For more information

about immunizations in New Hampshire, contact the DHHS Immunization Program

at 603-271-4482 or visit the DHHS website at

www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/immunization/index.htm




L to R in photo: Marcella Bobinsky, NH DHHS Immunization Section Chief; Dr.

Everett Lamm, Pediatrician, Core Pediatrics Exeter; Dr. Jose Montero, NH

Public Health Director

Sunday
Aug172014

NH DHHS Identifies First Positive Test Results of the Year for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

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

(DHHS) is announcing that one batch of mosquitoes from Londonderry tested

positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEE). This is the first

finding of EEE in the State this year. There have not been any positives

identified for West Nile Virus so far this season in New Hampshire. In

2013, there were 27 positives for EEE, including 24 mosquito batches and 3

animals.



EEE and WNV are transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitos. This finding

does not change the current low arboviral risk level for Londonderry. It is

important that people continue to take precautions against mosquito bites

including wearing an effective repellent, long pants and sleeves, ensuring

screens are in good repair and removing standing water from your property

to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.



“This is approximately the same time we identified the first positive for

Eastern Equine Encephalitis as last year,” said Public Health Director Dr.

José Montero. “Since we know that the agents that cause these diseases are

here in New England, everyone should make it part of their routine to take

precautions every time they go outside.”



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. EEE is a more serious

disease that carries a high mortality rate for those who contract the

serious encephalitis form of the illness. Symptoms may include high fever,

severe headache, stiff neck, and sore throat. There is no treatment for the

disease, which can lead to seizures and coma. Symptoms usually occur 4 to

10 days after being bitten.



For more information about EEE and West Nile Virus visit the DHHS website

at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/arboviral/index.htm and the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov . For questions

contact the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496.



# # #





Prevention Guidelines for West Nile Virus and

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health



Services





1. Eliminate standing water and other mosquito breeding locations.

In warm weather, mosquitoes can breed in any puddle that lasts more than 4

days!

Remove old tires from your property.

Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or other

containers. Don’t overlook containers that have become overgrown

by aquatic vegetation.

Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left

outside.

Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and hot tubs. If not in use,

keep empty and covered and keep covers free of standing water.

Aerate garden ponds or stock them with fish.

Turn over wheelbarrows and change water in birdbaths at least

twice weekly.

Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their

properties.



2. Be aware of where mosquitoes live and breed and keep them from entering

your home.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Weeds, tall grass, and

bushes provide an outdoor home for adult mosquitoes, including

several species commonly associated with West Nile Virus and Eastern

Equine Encephalitis Virus.

Mosquitoes can enter homes through unscreened windows or doors, or

broken screens. Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting

screens. Repair or replace all screens in your home that have tears

or holes.

Resting mosquitoes can often be flushed from indoor resting sites by

using sweeping motions under beds, behind bedside tables etc. and

once in flight, exterminated prior to sleeping at night.



3. Protect yourself from mosquito bites.

If outside during evening, nighttime, and dawn hours when mosquitoes

are most active and likely to bite, children and adults should wear

protective clothing such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and

socks.

Consider the use of an effective insect repellent, such as one

containing DEET. A repellent containing 30% or less DEET

(N,N-diethyl-methyl-meta-toluamide) for children and adults. Use DEET

according to the manufacturer's directions. Children should not apply

DEET to themselves. Repellents that contain Picaridin or oil of lemon

eucalyptus have also been determined to be effective.

Vitamin B, ultrasonic devices, incense, and bug zappers have not been

shown to be effective in preventing mosquito bites.





For more information on West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Virus, call the NH Department of Health and Human Services toll-free West

Nile Virus Information Line at

866–273–NILE (6543), or visit the West Nile Virus Website at

www.dhhs.nh.gov

Thursday
Aug142014

NH Sen Bradley renews call for spending update as HHS goes $100 million over budget 

The New Hampshire Senate

Republican Majority Office

How much have the other departments spent?

 

Concord, NH – Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro) today renewed the request for Governor Maggie Hassan to supply Fiscal Year 2014 spending figures for all state departments. The Department of Health and Human Services is reporting that it exceeded its FY14 budget by $30.9 million, and is on track to overspend its FY15 budget by $71.2 million. FY14 ended on June 30th, and Senate Finance Chair Jeanie Forrester (R-Meredith) formally requested an update on department spending on July 7th.

 

“The potential budget deficit from HHS alone tops $100 million, but New Hampshire is operating in the dark. Revenues came in on target last year, but spending is over budget. We don’t know how much, and that’s irresponsible. Governor Hassan needs to open the state’s books and provide the Legislature and the public with the complete picture. Every day she stalls makes it harder to address the potential budget deficit created by overspending,” Bradley stated.

 

Spending Watch ‘14

 

44 Days since the end of Fiscal Year 2014

37 Days since Sen. Forrester requested an update on state spending