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October 09. 2013 4:48PM

Horse in Belmont tests positive for West Nile Virus


 

CONCORD - Public health officials announced Wednesday that a horse in Belmont has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
 
As a result, the risk level in Belmont has been elevated to "high."
 
The risk level also has been raised to "moderate" in the neighboring communities of Canterbury, Gilford, Gilmanton, Laconia, Northfield, Sanbornton and Tilton.
 
Dr. Jose Montero, public health director at the Department of Health and Human Services, noted while parts of the state had a frost overnight Tuesday, mosquito season isn't over in New Hampshire.
 
"There are still mosquitos around and we are urging residents to continue to take precautions against mosquito bites, including using a repellent," he said.
 
The state public health lab has tested 5,174 batches of mosquitoes so far this season; 14 tested positive for West Nile Virus and 20 tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
 
To date, one person has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus, and three horses were positive for EEE earlier in the season.
 
Symptoms of West Nile Virus infection often appear 4 to 10 days after a mosquito bite. Public health officials advise someone who develops flu-like symptoms such as fever and headache to contact a physician.
 
Questions about EEE and West Nile can be answered by calling the toll free EEE/West Nile Virus information line at 1-866-273-6453. Or visit the website www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/arboviral/index.htm.


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