EEE Threat Hits Humans in New Hampshire

After a Newton, N.H., resident was hospitalized and diagnosed with Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), city officials said spraying to kill mosquitoes (which transmit the virus) began yesterday (Aug. 22), according to an article on

Two mosquito pools have tested positive for EEE, noted the report, which quoted state officials as saying the mosquito population was at or below normal levels this year. (See

The state also has found West Nile virus in its mosquito population.

Horses are susceptible to EEE and West Nile virus, for which vaccinations are available for protection. There are no vaccines against these diseases for humans.

According to the equine arbovirus reports compiled by the USDA's National Animal Health Surveillance System (NAHSS), a national reporting system for equine disease, there were there was one case of EEE in horses in New Hampshire in 2006.

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Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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