NH health officials warn of disease-carrying mosquitoes
As summer arrives in the Granite State, state health officials have put out a warning on disease-transmitting mosquitoes
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services are giving notice about Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus, two mosquito-borne viruses that can be carried by certain mosquitoes found in the Granite State.
Birds are a source of both illnesses. Mosquitoes can transfer the viruses to humans once they acquire the viruses themselves. The DHHS reports that the illnesses cannot be transmitted by person-to-person contact. Also, there is no known occurrance of transmission from bird to human, but they advise against coming in contact with dead birds or dead animals with bare hands.
The DHHS has suggestions online to clear mosquito breeding areas from around homes, such as remove standing water from gutters and unused wading pools and turn over wheelbarrows.