West Nile Virus

NH News
5:43 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

N.H. Mosquitoes Test Negative For West Nile Virus...So Far

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While mosquitoes in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont have tested positive for West Nile Virus, so far, Granite State bugs are coming up clean.  

The state doesn’t start testing mosquitoes until the first of July.  Vector Borne Disease Surveillance Coordinator Whitney Howe says that’s because it usually takes a few extra weeks for New Hampshire to heat up into good mosquito habitat.  And while it’s been a wet summer, Howe says that’s not a guarantee we’ll see an uptick in West Nile cases.

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NH News
4:42 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Triple E Virus Threatens N.H.

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State health officials announced today that three animals have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis. 

Along with two emus in Fitzwilliam and a horse in Derry, a man in northeastern Massachusetts has also tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus. Officials are warning residents of Seabrook, South Hampton and Newton to be on alert.

Jose Montero is the state’s Director of Public Health.

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NH News
6:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Mosquitoes Become Latest Public Health Battle

Ryan Naujoks checks wind levels before spraying insecticide at Rider Field in Derry.
Todd Bookman NHPR

Mosquitoes get West Nile Virus from birds, and then they give it to us. It’s Ryan Naujoks's job to stop that. He works for Dragon Mosquito Control, a private company that municipalities like Derry hire to spray insecticides.

"I’m at Rider Field right now, and everything is locked up," Naujoks says over the phone. "Rider Field…"

Eventually, someone from the Town of Derry comes and unlocks the gates. Naujoks fires up the sprayer.

The truck makes a lap around the field emitting a small puff of white smoke.

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NH News
5:55 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

First Case of West Nile Virus Reported in State

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Health officials announced today that a Manchester resident has been infected with West Nile Virus.

It’s the first confirmed infection since September, 2010 in New Hampshire.

West Nile Virus first appeared in the state in 2000. Since then, four other humans have contracted the mosquito-borne virus.

National data from the CDC shows that the number of confirmed cases has risen dramatically in recent weeks.

There have also been 41 deaths; more than half in the state of Texas, where over 500 cases have been reported.

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NH News
5:08 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

DHHS: West Nile Virus Found in 26 Mosquito Batches

Eighteen new batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the greater Manchester, Nashua and Salem areas.

The state epidemiologist says this is the first announcement of West Nile Virus from the state this year. The city of Manchester has already reported 8 mosquito batches that tested positive. That brings the state total so far to 26, 23 in Manchester alone. 2 batches tested positive in Nashua and 1 in Salem.

Last year New Hampshire only found a total of 9 positive batches.

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