New Hampshire Mosquito Pools Positive for EEE

New Hampshire state public health officials have announced that four more mosquito pools have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

The pools were in Brentwood, Fremont, Kingston, and Newton. State officials found infected mosquitoes in Newton and Brentwood earlier this year. One horse and two people have also tested positive for EEE this season.

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 equine case of EEE in New Hampshire in 2006.

The virus cannot pass directly from horses to humans (mosquitoes are required to transmit it to mammals from infected birds), but horses can act as sentinels to alert public health officials that the virus is present in the area. Vaccines are widely available for horses, but there is no EEE vaccine for humans.

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care.

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