Another EEE Bird Found in New Hampshire

New Hampshire Public Health officials have detected Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in a blue jay found in Dover, according to an Oct. 17 press release. A total of five birds have tested positive for EEE in the state this year, in addition to 40 positive mosquito pools, and one horse.

Last month, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) declared EEE a threat in Dover, and it provided the city with additional resources and financial assistance in mosquito control activities under a new state law.

"While much of the state has already seen a killing frost, removing the danger of EEE, parts of Southern New Hampshire still have not seen freezing temperatures," said John Stephen, DHHS Commissioner. "This positive test in a bird in Dover is a reminder that we cannot ignore that there is still a risk, though it is small. The public should continue to remember to focus on prevention."

DHHS has a toll-free informational hotline for questions about EEE/West Nile virus (WNV) at 866/273-6453 that is available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Considerable resources about EEE and WNV, including fact sheets, are available on the DHHS web site.

Stephen reminded residents to wear long sleeves and pants and apply insect repellent, and he advised them to remove standing water in which mosquitoes breed.

Moderators of a ProMED mailing that announced this EEE finding today reminded readers of the importance of vaccinating horses routinely for the disease in EEE-endemic areas.

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Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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