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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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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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