EEE strikes Second N.H. Resident

A young resident of Newfields, N.H., was in critical condition last night (Sept. 2) after being the second person diagnosed with potentially deadly Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in the state this summer.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Jose Montero said officials believe the patient was bitten by an infected mosquito in Newfields, or nearby.

Newfields, in southeastern New Hampshire, is a few towns away from Newton, where a man was diagnosed with the disease last week. He initially was reported in critical condition, but has been recovering.

Montero said the discovery highlights the importance of avoiding being bitten by mosquitoes in the waning days of summer.

He said the mosquito season peaks at the end of August and early September, with mosquito activity through the end of the month and even into October, until there is a killing frost.

“We need to keep vigilant. We need to keep alert and use mosquito repellent all the time when we go outside,” he said, especially in the “high-risk” southeastern part of the state.

“This is not a town issue,” he said. “This is a regional issue. Mosquitoes do not acknowledge borders.”

A horse in Kensington, in the same region, died from the illness last week.

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