Continue To Take Precautions Against EEE

By Erika Mantz, Media Relations

Campus health officials are urging faculty, staff and students to take extra precaution to reduce their risk of getting EEE in light of a recent finding by the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) of eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) in mosquito pools in Madbury, Raymond, Brentwood and Litchfield.

According to Brad Manning, director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at UNH, testing of areas around the Child Study Development Center, the equine facilities and other swampy areas of the campus has been ongoing since the middle of June and all results were negative through Sept. 8.

“We are currently reviewing the schedule of evening outdoor sports and recreational activities on campus and may do residual spraying,” said Manning. “There are only a few more weeks left in the mosquito season and the most important things people can do are wear an effective mosquito repellant and drain any standing water.”

For more information on EEE and what to do to reduce risk visit http://www.unh.edu/emergency/eee.html. DHHS also has a toll-free hotline for EEE/West Nile virus at 1-866-273-6453. Anyone with questions can call from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, for information.

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