Sep 16, 2015 1:57 PM

Mosquitoes in Manchester test positive for West Nile virus

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — A batch of mosquitoes in Manchester has tested positive for the West Nile virus — the first one in New Hampshire this year.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says it is collaborating with the city's health department on notifying people about the recent detection.

The virus, along with eastern equine encephalitis, is transmitted from the bite of an infected mosquito. West Nile was first identified in New Hampshire in August 2000.

The state's public health lab has tested 3,048 mosquito batches, two animals, and 46 people so far this season for West Nile and EEE. There have been no positive tests for EEE yet this year.

Last year, one mosquito batch tested positive for West Nile in New Hampshire and there were 18 positive batches for EEE.


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