Eastern Equine Encephalitis and Mosquito Management in NH [fact sheet]


Disease description and transmission

Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a mosquito-spread disease of birds that sometimes is transmitted (via mosquito bite) to horses and people. The risk of serious injury or death is high for those who become sick with the disease. Being near horses does not increase your risk of getting this disease.

In 2005, there were 21 human cases of EEE in the United States. New Hampshire led the nation with seven cases and two deaths. Florida had five cases, Massachusetts four, Alabama two, and South Carolina, Louisiana and Georgia one each. The number of N.H. cases has gone down since then.

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