Arboviral Disease in NH - Preparation for 2015 Season

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on July 1 regarding preparation for arboviral disease.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) recommends:

1. Vigilance is needed during the summer months to consider mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), in patients with compatible clinical features. Laboratory testing is recommended and may be arranged by calling (603) 271-4496 during business hours or (603) 271-5300 after hours. Forms and human testing information are available at http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/cdcs/arboviral/index.htm.
2. Remind patients to take preventive measures, including avoiding mosquito bites by use of insect repellents and wearing protective clothing, and environmental reduction of mosquito populations.
3. Equine vaccines are available for both EEE and WNV and should be used to protect horses. Vaccines are not available for human use.
4. Report all arboviral illnesses, confirmed or suspected, to the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) within 24 hours at 603-271-4496 (after hours 1-800-852-3345, x5300).
For any questions regarding the contents of this message, please contact NH DHHS, DPHS, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours 1-800-852-3345 ext.5300).

Click here for the full health alert.

Click here for guidelines on how to collect and submit specimens for arboviral testing. 

Click here for the New Hampshire case report form for Arboviral infection Encephalitis/Meningitis