Two bug ailments found in NH
“Of course, that’s a very unlucky circumstance,” said Beth Daly, New Hampshire chief of infectious diseases. “Anyone who has outdoor exposure, which we all do, could potentially get more than one infection, but it’s highly unusual because both are so rare.”
Although Powassan is the more well known of the two, this New Hampshire infection brings the total number found in the United States into the 60s, Daly said.
“These (latest diseases) have been in the United States for a while and Powassan was found in Maine and Vermont previously so this is not entirely unexpected,” said Dr. José Montero, New Hampshire director of public health, in prepared remarks. “There are many mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses, and unfortunately we are probably going to continue to see cases of them, which makes prevention steps all the more important.”
He had been suffering from serious symptoms of the disease. When blood tests didn’t detect West Nile, Triple E or Lyme disease, his physician sent a sample to the federal Centers for Disease Control, which detected Powassan and Jamestown Canyon.
The same steps used to prevent Lyme disease and West Nile apply to the latest diseases:
• Use an effective mosquito repellent that contains 30 percent DEET. Alternative repellents with picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon, eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide some protection.
• Eliminate pools of standing water.
• Check yourself, your children and your pets for ticks.
Manchester Health Director Tim Soucy said he’s not ready to start spraying. He said the city has sent in 175 samples of trapped mosquitoes for testing so far and nothing has been detected. He acknowledged the city does not test for Jamestown Canyon virus.
“It (spraying) is typically later in the summer because we’re waiting for viral amplification,” he said.