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Opinion

August 19, 2013

Editorial: Mosquitoes not welcome at local Old Home Days

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“It’s actually early for us. We anticipate we’ll have to do one more spraying,” Selectmen’s Chairmen Thomas Tombarello told our reporter. “Hopefully, that’s not the case. But this is smart money.”

Sarah McGregor, owner of Dragon Mosquito Control, said she expects EEE to be detected in mosquito tests soon.

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

Last year, there were 41 positive tests for West Nile in mosquito batches from around the state. That was a big spike from recent years, when positive tests never reached double digits. There was one human case last year in Manchester, where 31 of the positive mosquito batches were trapped.

There were nine positive tests for EEE in New Hampshire in 2012 — including one in Sandown — and four positive tests in animals. There has not been a human case of EEE here since 2009.

“Sometimes it feels like we’re looking for a needle in haystack,” McGregor said, “trapping hundreds of thousands of mosquitoes, looking for the ones carrying the disease.”

Old Home Days are traditional New Hampshire events that celebrate small-town life, local history and memories of childhoods past. Public officials are to be commended for taking the necessary steps so that these celebrations can go on as planned and so that those who enjoy them can do so safely.

 

 

 

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