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Another case of a mosquito-borne illness called Jamestown Canyon Virus has been identified in New Hampshire. The diagnosis, which was made in the Lakes Region, is the second case of so-called JCV in the state this year. The first was in Kingston in August.

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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.

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New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services says an adult from Kingston has tested positive for mosquito- and tick-borne viruses.

The department said Thursday the adult tested positive for the Jamestown Canyon virus, transmitted by infected mosquitoes, and Powassan virus, transmitted by infected ticks. It's the first time they've been identified in the state this year.

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State health officials have identified a batch of mosquitoes in Manchester with the virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

This is the third detection of EEE in New Hampshire this season, and the first in Manchester since 2013. There have been no reports of human cases of the virus so far.

EEE is less common but more serious than the mosquito-born West Nile Virus. Symptoms are flu-like and appear four to 10 days after being bitten.

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State health officials in Manchester have found the summer's first batch of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus.

Last year, nine batches of mosquitoes and one person tested positive for the virus. West Nile has infected only four people since it was first found in New Hampshire in 2000.

A bite from a West Nile-infected mosquito sometimes leads to flu-like symptoms within a couple of weeks. Very rarely, it can cause more serious illness.

New research shows that illnesses carried by ticks and mosquitos are on the rise. We talk about why these creatures are carrying more disease, and what you need to know about illnesses such as Lyme, babesiosis, and Zika.

 

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On Thursday, June 7th, we will take a look at the rise in insect-borne illnesses, and how environmental and human factors are influencing insect populations. What is causing the increase in disease, and what can we do about it? We'll talk about diseases from mosquitoes and ticks such as Lyme, dengue, Zika, and babeosis. Submit your questions below. 

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Infections From Ticks and Mosquitos Are Rising

May 2, 2018
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Public health officials are urging use of bug repellent this season as cases of tick and mosquito-borne disease are on the rise.

The insects have been expanding their range across the U.S., including here in the Northeast, and a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a significant increase in reported infections.

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A person in Hanover has tested positive for a rare mosquito-borne illness called the Jamestown Canyon Virus, but health officials are stressing this is a sign to take precautions against arboviral illnesses of all kinds.

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State officials have confirmed the first case of Zika virus in New Hampshire.

A New Hampshire woman got Zika from having sex with a partner who had traveled to a country where the virus is being transmitted by mosquitos. The state says she's now in good health.

Still, officials are reminding people of Zika's potential danger to pregnant women because the virus is feared to cause birth defects.

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State health officials say a New Hampshire resident has died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.

The Manchester resident was likely exposed to EEE in August, then passed away in September. This is the second EEE-related death and the third human case of EEE this year.

The virus spreads from birds to humans through mosquito bites. Symptoms come on like the flu, then in some people lead to encephalitis, or severe brain swelling.