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July 31. 2013 10:22PM

UPDATED: Mosquitos in Pelham test positive for West Nile Virus

PELHAM -- Two mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to the Board of Selectmen.
 
 
A release from the town said the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services informed the town on Wednesday of the positive test. A pest control contractor, Municipal Pest Management, “will be performing an emergency spraying within the next couple of days, weather permitting, at all town parks, schools, playgrounds and fields. This spraying should last for several weeks,” the town said in a statement.
 
 
The town advises residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by wearing long pants and shirts in the evenings and using spray repellents.
 
 
For most people, West Nile virus is not serious. Most people will not know they have it, while a small percentage suffer from cold-like symptoms.
 
 
Less than 1 percent of people infected develop severe neurological diseases such as encephalitis, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No person has tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year in New Hampshire, according to the CDC.
 
 
Of the 53 people infected with West Nile virus this year nationwide, 3 have died. By comparison, anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people die each year from seasonal influenza, according to the CDC.


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