DERRY — Eastern equine encephalitis has been found in a horse in Derry, the state health department announced today.
The positive test finding elevates the risk level in town from "remote" to "high," according to Dr. Jose Montero of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
Montero also announced EEE was discovered in two emus in Fitzwilliam, located in Cheshire County. The state's announcement comes only a day after mosquitoes tested positive for the virus in Newton, where a 20-year-old woman died of EEE in 2005.
Mosquitoes with EEE also have been trapped this summer in Sandown. Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus were found in Salem.
In Massachusetts, public health officials announced this week that a man from Georgetown and a woman from Amesbury also contracted EEE.