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August 20, 2013

EEE found in mosquitoes in Exeter

Insects trapped in Stratham are first this year


Less than two weeks ago, Dragon Mosquito owner Sarah McGregor said she expected to hear of mosquitoes testing positive for EEE any day.

“I am seeing a fair number of species that can carry EEE when I trap,” she said Aug. 7. “I know the ingredients are there.”

Residents should take the usual precautions — remove any standing water, repair torn screens, use insect repellent, and avoid the outdoors at dawn and dusk.

Officials warn more positive test results are likely.

“I expect it’s just the beginning,” McGregor said recently. “The peak is usually around Labor Day, but last summer it seemed it never ended.”

For more information about EEE and West Nile virus, visit the DHHS website at dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/arboviral/index.htm and the Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov. For questions, contact the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 271-4496.

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