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West Nile and EEE

posted Sep 16, 2015, 1:36 PM by Stacey Rust-Belforti

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Members of the Parkside Community,

With the identification of mosquito pool(s) in Manchester as positive for West Nile and EEE the City Health Department has provided us with the following prevention guidelines:

Prevention Guidelines for West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus

NH Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services

1. Eliminate standing water and other mosquito breeding locations.

In warm weather, mosquitoes can breed in any puddle that lasts more than 4 days!

• Remove old tires from your property.

• Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or other containers. Don’t overlook

• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outside.

• Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.

• Clean and chlorinate swimming pools and hot tubs. If not in use, keep empty and covered

• Aerate garden ponds or stock them with fish.

• Turn over wheelbarrows and change water in birdbaths at least twice weekly.

• Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.

• Remind or help neighbors to eliminate breeding sites on their properties.

2. Be aware of where mosquitoes live and breed and keep them from entering your home.

• Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Weeds, tall grass, and bushes provide an outdoor

home for adult mosquitoes, including several species commonly associated with West Nile

Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus.

• Mosquitoes can enter homes through unscreened windows or doors, or broken screens. Make

sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace all screens in your

home that have tears or holes.

• Resting mosquitoes can often be flushed from indoor resting sites by using sweeping motions

under beds, behind bedside tables etc. and once in flight, exterminated prior to sleeping at night.

3. Protect yourself from mosquito bites.

• If outside during evening, nighttime, and dawn hours when mosquitoes are most active and

likely to bite, children and adults should wear protective clothing such as long pants, long-

sleeved shirts, and socks.

• Consider the use of an effective insect repellent, such as one containing DEET. A repellent

containing 30% or less DEET (N,N-diethyl-methyl-meta-toluamide) for children and adults.

Use DEET according to the manufacturer's directions. Children should not apply DEET to

themselves. Repellents that contain Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus have also been

determined to be effective.

• Vitamin B, ultrasonic devices, incense, and bug zappers have not been shown to be effective in

preventing mosquito bites.

For more information on West Nile Virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus, call the NH

Department of Health and Human Services toll-free West Nile Virus Information Line at

866–273–NILE (6543), or visit the West Nile Virus Website at