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September 04. 2013 5:53PM

EEE found in mosquitoes in Newington

NEWINGTON – Area residents should remain vigilant after state officials determined a batch of mosquitoes tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), according to reports.

This virus, which insects transmit to animals – especially horses – and to people in rare cases, was also recently detected in Exeter and in Maine this year.

In 2012, there were more than a dozen positive tests of EEE in mosquitoes and in four animals, according to reports.

Most people do not show any symptoms, but others get a flu-like illness, including fever, headache and sore throat within four to 10 days of an insect bite. About a third of people die from the disease while others suffer permanent brain damage and require lifetime institutional care, according to information on www.dhhs.nh.gov.

While EEE is rare, officials recommend area residents stay inside between dusk and dark — when mosquitoes are most active. If not possible, residents should wear long pants and shirts and use insect repellent. Ensure window screens are intact and eliminate standing water, if possible, according to the website.


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