October 15, 2021

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The West Nile virus was first detected in New Hampshire this season

The West Nile virus was first detected in New Hampshire this season

Health officials announced Wednesday that the West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, has been detected in New Hampshire for the first time this season. >> Download the latest batch of free WMUR appA mosquitoes recently found in Manchester tested for virus compatibility. “The best way to prevent WNV and other mosquito-borne infections is to take steps to prevent mosquito bites by using an effective insect repellent against mosquitoes, avoiding being outside between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and removing water around the house where mosquitoes reproduce, in the West Nile in July State epidemiologist Dr Benjamin Chan said the city has not had to spray for mosquitoes since 2018 when the virus was detected. >> DHHS Info: Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes Health officials said. The virus, which can be transmitted to humans through mosquito bites, was first identified in the state in 2000. It has been spotted in the state every year for the past decade, officials said. The last human case of the West Nile virus in New Hampshire in 2017 was in an adult, officials said. Phil Alexacos of the Manchester Health Department. Symptoms of West Nile virus include flu-like illness, fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. Health officials say a very small percentage of people infected with the West Nile virus are seriously ill, including meningitis or encephalitis. Typical symptoms, if any, include illness such as infectious human flu Fever‌Headach muscle aches Symptoms of the virus usually appear within a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito, although most people infected with the virus may experience asymptomatic or very mild symptoms, officials said. West Nile virus activity usually increases during drought, which New Hampshire faces for weeks. The risk of diseases transmitted by viruses and other mosquitoes, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis, continues until the frost, which kills the first mosquitoes across the state, officials said. Anyone with symptoms is encouraged to contact their local health care provider. For more information on mosquito control methods, visit this link.

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Health officials announced Wednesday that the West Nile virus, caused by mosquitoes, has been reported in New Hampshire for the first time this season.

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A mosquito batch recently discovered in Manchester tested positive for the virus.

“The best way to prevent WNV and other mosquito infections is to take steps to prevent mosquito bites by effectively using an insect repellent against mosquitoes, staying outdoors between dusk and dawn when the mosquitoes are most active, and removing standing water from around. Mosquito-breeding house,” Said Dr. Benjamin Chan, state epidemiologist.

>> DHHS Info: Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes

Health officials said the city has not needed to spray for mosquitoes since 2018, when the West Nile virus was detected in July.

The virus, which can be transmitted to humans through mosquito bites, was first identified in the state in 2000. It has been spotted in the state every year for the past decade, officials said. The last human case of the West Nile virus in New Hampshire in 2017 was in an adult, officials said.

“I was somewhat encouraged that this was a somewhat late start and I believe people will care to use those preventive strategies,” said Phil Alexacos of the Manchester Health Department.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include flu-like illness, fever, headache, muscle aches, and fatigue. Health officials say a very small percentage of those infected with the West Nile virus are seriously ill, including meningitis or encephalitis.


TYPICAL SYMPTOMS, if any, in affected humans

  • Flu-like illness
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches
  • Fatigue
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Symptoms of the virus usually appear within a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito, although most people infected with the virus may be asymptomatic or experience very mild symptoms, officials said.

Officials say West Nile virus activity will increase during the drought, which New Hampshire has been facing for weeks.

The risk of diseases transmitted by viruses and other mosquitoes, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis, continues until the frost, which kills the first mosquitoes across the state, officials said.

Anyone with symptoms is encouraged to contact their local health care provider.

For more information on mosquito control methods, Visit this link.