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NH DHHS Identifies Season’s First Positive Test for West Nile Virus in Mosquito Batch in Manchester

Published: 08/27/2019 4:40 PM

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has identified the first batch of mosquitoes in 2019 to test positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The batch was collected in the city of Manchester on August 21, 2019. DHHS is working with the City of Manchester Health Department to notify Manchester residents and those in the surrounding towns of the positive WNV test.

The Manchester Health Department continues its proactive surveillance program, which provides important and timely data that helps determine the risk level of mosquito-borne illness and the appropriate steps to protect the public’s health.

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Found in Manchester Mosquito Batches

Published: 08/15/2019 9:11 AM

The Manchester Health Department announced today that 2 batches of mosquitoes, both collected in Manchester on August 7, have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). These are the first EEE positive mosquito batches identified in Manchester this year. One batch tested positive for EEE last year. This raises the Arboviral Disease Risk level to “Moderate”.

There have been no EEE infections identified yet this season in humans or animals. EEE positive mosquito batches have been detected in Pelham, which were collected on August 1.

According to Anna Thomas, MPH, Manchester’s Public Health Director, “As with every year, there is a possibility that we might detect mosquito borne illnesses. And as such, everyone should be vigilant in eliminating mosquito breeding areas and taking personal precautions including the use of an effective insect repellent, to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.”

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Hepatitis A Outbreak in New Hampshire Accelerating

Published: 04/17/2019 8:23 AM

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has announced that there has been a significant increase in the number of people in New Hampshire diagnosed with hepatitis A. The rate at which cases are being reported are concerning; 33 hepatitis A diagnoses were made in March alone. Since November 2018, 79 people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A, compared to an average of 6 – 7 people annually in recent years. The hepatitis A cases diagnosed since November have occurred in the counties of Hillsborough (36), Strafford (17), Rockingham (10), Merrimack (10), Cheshire (2), Grafton (2), Sullivan (1) and Carroll (1) Counties. One person from Merrimack County has died.

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