The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has announced that a horse in Nottingham is confirmed to have the Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEE) infection.
This is the first finding of EEE in a horse this year, although a mule was confirmed to have the virus in Sept.
As a result, the arboviral risk level for in Nottingham will increase from low to high. The surrounding towns of Northwood, Barrington, Lee, and Epping will increase to moderate, while the surrounding towns of Deerfield and Raymond will remain at moderate.
So far in 2014, 18 mosquito batches, 2 animals, and 2 humans have tested positive for EEE. There has also been one positive mosquito batch identified for West Nile Virus (WNV) this season.
The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services says it's important for people to take precautions against mosquito bites, which is how the disease spreads.