Adult Contracts First NH Human Case of EEE in Conway

Published 08/22 2014 05:33PM

Updated 08/22 2014 05:39PM

Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CONWAY, N.H. - The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) has identified the first human case of EEE in Conway.

A press release says the the adult became ill on August 13, and believed to have acquired EEE in the Conway area. The adult is currently hospitalized in critical condition.

“This positive is at about the same time as the previous EEE patient identified in 2009,” said NH Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “There is no way to know where exactly this individual was infected, but we do know that both of these diseases are present in New Hampshire so it is important that everyone remember to take steps to prevent mosquito bites to themselves and their loved ones.”

According to the NH Department of Health and Human Services, symptoms of EEE disease often appear 4 to 10 days after being bitten. If you or someone you know is experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever and headache, contact your local medical provider. EEE is a more serious disease than West Nile Virus (WNV) and carries a high mortality rate for those who contract the serious encephalitis form of the illness. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, and sore throat. There is no specific treatment for the disease, which can lead to seizures and coma.

Ways to Protect Yourself

  • Use effective mosquito repellant, wearing long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
  • Remove standing water from around your house so mosquitoes do not have a place to breed
  • Check doors and windows to ensure screens are in place and in good condition to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

For more information about EEE and West Nile Virus visit the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) website. For questions contact the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at (603)-271-4496.

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