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Litchfield to barrier spray for mosquitoes on all town, school fields

The town of Litchfield sprayed for mosquitoes this week following reports of the state’s first case of EEE, or Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The spraying took place at all town and school recreation fields, according to town social media sources. ...

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The town of Litchfield sprayed for mosquitoes this week following reports of the state’s first case of EEE, or Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The spraying took place at all town and school recreation fields, according to town social media sources.

Litchfield, which has its own Mosquito Control District, is considered at moderate risk for Arboviral infections by the Bureau of Infectious Disease Control under the NH Department of Health and Human Services.

Mosquitoes in the area tested positive in 2013 for Eastern Equine Encephalitis, according to DHHS. Risk for infection is highest in mid- to late summer, during the evening, night and early morning hours.

EEE is a viral disease caused by getting bit by an infected mosquito. The virus originates from infected birds, which then spread the infection to mosquitoes. The mosquitoes can then sometimes transmit the virus to other animals and people.

According to the CDC, EEE infection can express as systemic or encephalitic—meaning it can cause brain swelling. Systemic infection begins abruptly with symptoms such as chills, fever, joint pain, anxiety and muscle pain. Symptoms of encephalitic illness include fever, headache, irritability, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions and coma. The fatality rate for those infected is about one-third.

–Telegraph staff