The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has identified the first batches of mosquitoes to test tpositive this year for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, aka the EEE virus.
The batches were found in Pelham.
The state and town are working to notify residents of the finding, and highlight the potentially serious viral infections that can occur with an infected mosquito bite.
EEE virus symptoms usually appear four to 10 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People can develop flu-like illness, including fever, headache, and muscle and joint pains. DHHS prevention guidelines include:
- eliminate standing water and possible breeding locations
- be aware where mosquitoes live and breed
- Protect oneself from mosquito bites, including wearing long-sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks; consider using mosquito repellent.