The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced that a horse from Northwood has been identified with the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEE). As a neighboring town, the risk level for Epsom will increase from low to moderate.
EEE is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitos so it is important that people continue to take precautions against mosquito bites by doing things such as, wearing an effective repellent, long pants and sleeves, ensuring screens are in good repair, and removing standing water from your property to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
The Town of Epsom's Health Officer, Dale Sylvia is asking that community members take reasonable precautions and if they have any questions to feel free to contact him through the Town Offices.
Click here to read the Press Release from the NH DHHS. Please read through it as it offers suggestions to parents and community members. In addition, you can find more information about EEE by visiting the DHHS website at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. For questions, contact the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-9389.