EEE threat keeps kids off NH playgrounds; new infection found in Deerfield horse
“Unfortunately we’ve had some beautiful weather and we haven’t been able to take advantage of that. It’s not an ideal situation when you start getting sick mosquitoes in the first and second weeks of September,” said Dr. Earl Metzler, superintendent of the Timberlane Regional School District.
According to the state’s public health department, 20 batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for EEE in the state this season; 14 have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The most recent infection was announced Tuesday after a horse in Deerfield tested positive. The finding prompted the state to increase the risk level in Deerfield from “remote” to “high.” The level was also raised to “moderate” in surrounding towns, including Allenstown, Candia, Epsom, Hooksett, Northwood, Nottingham, and Raymond.
Metzler is crossing his fingers and hoping a frost comes soon so students can enjoy outdoor recess again.
“It wasn’t a risk that we felt we wanted to take,” Metzler said.
“They share the exact same emotions. They want their kids safe. We want their kids safe,” he said.
While experts say it usually takes two hard frosts to kill most mosquitoes, Metzler said he’ll feel comfortable allowing students back outside after the first frost.
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