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New Hampshire

September 13, 2013

Derry horse tests positive for EEE


Towns are fighting back. Sandown officials have said they will spray again, as soon as weather allows.

Londonderry will spray town and school fields Saturday evening for the second time this year.

In Derry, town officials are consulting with Dragon Mosquito Control and will likely make a decision today, according to Garrett Simonsen, coordinator of the Greater Derry Public Health Network. Derry last sprayed on Aug. 30.

“These results highlight the fact that these illnesses affect not just mosquitoes, but animals and of course people too,” said Dr. José Montero, public health director at DHHS. “It is also an indication that mosquitoes do not respect borders, and as a result can infect animals and people in any corner of our state. This follows closely our identification of a person with West Nile virus in Chesterfield, so I want to reiterate the importance of protecting against mosquito bites, no matter where you live, until there is a killing frost statewide.”

The state will continue testing mosquito specimens through September, possibly into October, Howe said, depending on the weather.

Residents can call the state’s EEE/WNV information line at 1-866-273-6453 and find test results at www.dhhs.nh.gov.

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