West Nile Virus in New Hampshire: Alert for Healthcare Professionals

|August 01, 2013

The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services recommends:

1. Awareness of the first detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) in New Hampshire during 2013. Vigilance is needed during the summer months to consider mosquito-borne diseases, including WNV and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in patients with compatible clinical features. Laboratory testing is recommended and may be arranged by calling 1-603-271-4496 during business hours or 1-800-852-3345 ext. 5300 after hours. Forms and human testing information are available at http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/cdcs/arboviral/index.htm.

2. Awareness of the identification of Powassan Virus and Jamestown Canyon Virus infection in a New Hampshire resident.

3. Prevention measures include avoiding mosquito bites by use of protective clothing and insect repellents, and environmental reduction of mosquito populations. Equine vaccines are available for both EEE and WNV and should be used to protect horses. Vaccines are not available for human use.

4. Reporting of suspected and confirmed cases of mosquito-borne diseases to the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours 603-271-5300).

For additional information on WNV and EEE please refer to:

1. NH DHHS toll-free information line: 1-866-273-NILE (6453)

2. NH DHHS website

3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases website

For any questions regarding the contents of this message, please contact the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours 603-271-5300).

More information on this alert is available on the NH DHHS website.

From the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services.

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