MANCHESTER – A batch of mosquitoes collected last week in the city tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), health officials announced Wednesday.
"While the finding of EEE in the community is not unexpected, we want to remind all of the residents of Manchester to take steps to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes and to eliminate standing water on their property," said Tim Soucy, Manchester's public health director.
EEE is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.
EEE is a serious disease that carries a high mortality rate for those who contract the more serious encephalitis form of the illness.
Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck and sore throat. There is no treatment for the disease. Symptoms usually occur four to 10 days after being bitten.
The Manchester Health Department has an information line - 628-6003, ext. 325 - to answer citizens' concerns and questions about both EEE and West Nile Virus. The line is staffed during normal business hours but, outside of those hours, citizens may leave a voice message that will be returned the next business day.