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August 30, 2012

Governor, DHHS declare public health threat from mosquitoes

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“I want people to be out there. We have an incredibly beautiful state,” he said. “But use mosquito repellent. People who don’t want to use chemicals can use eucalyptus or lemon oil, but it must be reapplied frequently.”

This is a national concern, he stressed.

“We’re seeing a big increase in our findings in positive mosquito pools, but we cannot look at New Hampshire in isolation,” Montero said. “Nationally, it’s the worst outbreak ever. Mosquitoes could care less where the borders are drawn.”

Mosquito-borne illness symptoms West Nile virus About 80 percent of people infected exhibit no symptoms. About 20 percent of those infected have symptoms including fever, headache, body ache, nausea, vomiting, sometimes swollen lymph glands, sometimes a rash on the chest, stomach and back. About one in 150 people infected have high fever, headache, stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Eastern equine encephalitis Severe cases of EEE begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills and vomiting. The illness can progress into disorientation, seizures and coma. Approximately one-third of patients who develop EEE die. Many who survive have mild to severe brain damage. Source: Centers for Disease Control

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