“This is approximately the same time we identified the first positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis as last year,” said Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “Since we know that the agents that cause these diseases are here in New England, everyone should make it part of their routine to take precautions every time they go outside.”
The department says there have not been any positives identified for West Nile Virus (WNV) so far this season in New Hampshire.
Symptoms of West Nile Virus and EEE
Symptoms of WNV disease often appear 4 to 10 days after being bitten. Symptoms include fever and headache. The health department says EEE is a more serious disease that 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 treatment for the disease, which can lead to seizures and coma. Symptoms usually occur 4 to 10 days after being bitten.
For more information about EEE and West Nile Virus visit the DHHS website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For questions contact the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at (603)-271-4496.
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