The Manchester Health Department announced today that a batch of mosquitoes collected in Manchester on September 25 has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). This is the first EEE positive mosquito batch identified in Manchester this year and the first since 2013.
According to Anna Thomas, MPH, Manchester’s Public Health Director, “We want to remind the public that the mosquito season is not yet over. Adult mosquitoes can be active through the first ‘hard frost’, so everyone must continue to remain vigilant in eliminating mosquito breeding areas and taking personal precautions including the use of an effective insect repellent, to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes.” The Manchester Health Department continues its mosquito surveillance program and will keep the public informed about additional results.
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The Manchester Health Department will be presenting a "Food Safety and Sanitation Seminar for the Food Service Worker" on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. This training, as always, is offered free of charge.
Each seminar will cover food safety concepts and practices as well as topics on food handling practices and procedures, microbiology, equipment purchase and maintenance, sanitation, and insect and rodent control. A morning seminar will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and an afternoon seminar will run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (each session covers the same material).
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NH DHHS Issues Public Health Threat Declaration for West Nile Virus for Towns in Southern Part of State
Concord, NH – Governor Christopher T. Sununu and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) have issued a public health threat declaration in the southern part of the State for West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The declaration will make it easier for the approximately 30 municipalities to take mosquito population control measures during a season with the highest number of mosquito batches testing positive for WNV in the past five years.
To increase community awareness and expedite the municipal mosquito control permitting process for those jurisdictions that do not currently hold a permit, the declaration has been issued through 2018 for the following cities and towns: Amherst, Atkinson, Auburn, Bedford, Brentwood, Candia, Chester, Danville, Derry, Epping, Fremont, Goffstown, Hampstead, Hollis, Hooksett, Hudson, Kingston, Litchfield, Londonderry, Manchester, Merrimack, Nashua, Newton, Pelham, Plaistow, Raymond, Salem, Sandown and Windham.
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Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) has identified four persons with Legionella pneumonia, also known as Legionnaire’s disease, a potentially serious bacterial pneumonia. These individuals likely acquired Legionella at the end of July or early August in the area of Ashworth Avenue, between Island Path and H Street in Hampton, New Hampshire. DPHS is investigating possible additional cases. DPHS is also actively investigating the source of these infections, which is usually from inhaling aerosol droplets of water contaminated with the bacteria. Sources of the aerosol can include showers, hot tubs, faucets, cooling towers, misters, and decorative fountains. It is not spread by drinking or swimming in water.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has identified the seventh batch of mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Manchester this season, making it the fifth positive detection in the last week. The City of Manchester Health Department announced today that the City of Manchester will spray to control adult mosquitoes on Tuesday August 28, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. If weather conditions are not acceptable on August 28, 2018, spraying will take place on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at the same time.
According to Tim Soucy, Public Health Director, “The Manchester Health Department continues to identify mosquitoes which have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This raises the risk level to “high” as determined by the NH Department of Health and Human Services’ State Arboviral Illness Surveillance, Prevention, and Response Plan, indicating that there is sustained or increasing WNV activity in mosquitoes.
With the commencement of fall sports leagues, use of sports fields and some parks has increased during the evening hours, when people are more apt to be bitten by mosquitoes. We want to be proactive in protecting the public health of the community. In addition to this action, residents must continue to protect themselves by using of appropriate insect repellent, wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts at dawn and dusk, and eliminating mosquito breeding areas, as we anticipate finding additional positive mosquitoes over the next two months.
Read Press Release for additional information, spraying locations, West Nile Facts and Prevention, and the Public Notice - Mosquito Control for the City of Manchester