New Hampshire Reports First Case of EEE in a Horse for 2014

Officials recommend that horse owners consult their veterinarians to discuss appropriate vaccination.

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The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced that a horse from Nottingham has contracted Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

This is the first finding of EEE in a horse this year, though a mule was identified with EEE in September. The arboviral risk level for the town of Nottingham will increase from low to high. The surrounding towns of Northwood, Barrington, Lee, and Epping will increase to moderate. Surrounding towns of Deerfield and Raymond will remain at moderate.

“This unfortunate finding reinforces the need for residents and visitors of New Hampshire to continue to use an effective repellent when enjoying the beautiful outdoors until we have had a killing frost across the state,” said state epidemiologist Benjamin Chan, MD.

Any horse that resides in or travels to New Hampshire during mosquito season is at risk of becoming infected with EEE or West Nile virus, another mosquito-borne disease. Because of this risk, it is recommended that horse owners consult with their veterinarians to discuss appropriate vaccination schedules based on their risk factors

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