The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has announced that a horse from Northwood has been identified with the Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEE). As a neighboring town, the risk level for Nottingham will increase from low to moderate. EEE is transmitted by the bite of infected mosquitos so it is important that people continue to take precautions against mosquito bites by doing things such as, wearing an effective repellent, long pants and sleeves, ensuring screens are in good repair, and removing standing water from your property to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
I have been in contact with the Town of Nottingham's Health Officer, Dale Sylvia, and he is asking that community members take reasonable precautions as well and if they have any questions to feel free to contact him at the Town Offices. Here at school, Nurse Kilbreth has been in contact with NH DHHS to ensure that we are following recommended guidelines. To that end, we are asking you to consider having your children wear long sleeves and pants to school. You may also consider spraying your child with bug spray prior to coming to school. We will be going outside for recess however, we will be stopping all outdoor activities by 5:30 pm. Additionally, athletic coaches will have bug spray for the athletes and we are working with our SAU as we look at vendors to come and treat our playground area and field spaces for mosquitoes and ticks, etc.
Attached is the Press Release from the NH DHHS. Please read through it as it offers suggestions to parents and community members. In addition, you can find more information about EEE by visiting the DHHS website at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/arboviral/index.htm and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website athttp://www.cdc.gov. For questions, contact the DHHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-9389.
Thank you all for your support.
245 Stage Rd
Nottingham NH, 03290