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Year's First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Manchester

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New Hampshire has confirmed a batch of mosquitos in Manchester tested positive for West Nile Virus.

So far this year, the public health lab has tested over 3,000 batches of mosquitos, 46 people and two animals for various mosquito-borne illnesses. Even though this is the first confirmed instance of West Nile Virus, state epidemiologist Benjamin Chan has a warning.

"I think people still need to be very aware of mosquito precautions," says Chan. "The risk of infection is not thought to go away until there’s at least one or two hard frosts."

So far this year, there are no confirmed instances of Easter Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

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