Time for protection against mosquitoes, diseases

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire health officials are encouraging residents and visitors to take precautions against mosquitoes and the diseases they may bring, especially West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The most likely time for mosquitoes to spread disease is June through September.

Last year, 24 batches of mosquitoes tested positive for EEE and 14 batches tested positive for West Nile. Three horses tested positive for EEE and one for West Nile. There was also a human case of West Nile, but no EEE cases.

Symptoms for EEE may include high fever, severe headache, and a sore throat. A stiff neck is a symptom of the severe form of the disease, which can lead to seizures and coma.

The risk of contracting the West Nile virus infection is low.

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