West Nile Virus Identified in Mosquito Batches in Manchester, NH

NH DPHS Health AlertOn August 8, 2017, NH DHHS issued a health alert regarding the identification of West Nile Virus in mosquito batches in Manchester, NH. 

Key Points and Recommendations:

  1. The first detections of West Nile Virus (WNV) in New Hampshire for 2017 have occurred in two mosquito batches from Manchester, NH.
  2. Healthcare providers should consider mosquito-borne diseases, including WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), in patients presenting with compatible clinical syndromes regardless of the presence or absence of positive mosquito or veterinary testing in their community.
  3. Residents and visitors of NH should take steps to prevent mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing, applying insect repellents, and reducing environmental mosquito populations around their homes.
  4. Laboratory testing for mosquito-borne diseases can be arranged by calling 603-271-4496 during business hours or 603-271-5300 after hours. Testing information is also available at: https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/lab/documents/labrequisition.pdf.
  5. Healthcare providers should report suspected and confirmed cases of mosquito-borne diseases to the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours 603-271-5300).

Read the Full DHHS Alert