FIRE SERVICES RELOCATED TO HOPKINTON STATION
Due to construction, the duty crew, first ambulance, and chief's office has been temporarily relocated to the Hopkinton Village Station, 110 Main Street, Hopkinton. The phone numbers all remain the same. If you need to speak to someone, stop by the Hopkinton Village Station or call 746-3181
DHHS Announces Second Human Case of EEE This Season
Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing the second human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) this season in New Hampshire, in an adult from Hopkinton. The first human case of EEE in New Hampshire this season was confirmed on August 22nd in Conway, NH. Other EEE positive tests this year include 6 mosquito batches and a mule; there have been no positive test results so far for West Nile Virus (WNV).
Due to this human case, the risk level for human illness in Hopkinton will be raised to high, and the surrounding towns to moderate risk. Other areas of the State currently considered at high risk are the Conway and Candia areas.
“Mosquito seasons are unpredictable,” said DHHS Public Health Director Dr. José Montero. “West Nile Virus was very common the last couple of years but EEE was not as prevalent. This acts as a reminder that viruses change, mosquitoes fly, and there are many factors involved, so since we do know that both of these diseases are present in mosquitoes in New Hampshire, it is important that everyone remember to take steps to prevent mosquito bites to themselves and their loved ones.”
In 2013, there were 27 positives for EEE, including 24 mosquito batches and 3 animals. EEE and WNV are transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitoes.
Symptoms of EEE disease often appear 4 to 10 days after someone is bitten by an infected mosquito. If you or someone you know is experiencing flu-like symptoms, including fever and headache, contact your local medical provider. EEE is a more serious disease than WNV and carries a high mortality rate for those who contract the serious encephalitis form of the illness. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, and sore throat. There is no specific treatment for the disease, which can lead to seizures and coma.
Residents should use prevention measures to avoid mosquito bites by:
- If possible, stay inside between dusk and dark when mosquitoes are most active.
- When outside between dusk and dark, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
- Use an insect repellent with DEET according to manufacturer's directions when outside.
- Put screens on windows and make sure they do not have holes.
- Eliminate standing water from your property.
Resources and Additional Information
For More Information:
Call the NH Department of Health and Human Services-Bureau of Infectios Disease Control at (603)271-4496 or 800-852-3345 x4496 or visit the websites www.dhhs.nh.gov or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov
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