MANCHESTER — West Nile virus has been discovered in mosquitoes that were caught last week in the city, marking the first time that the virus has been found in the state so far this year, state health officials said Wednesday.
The batch was collected Aug. 21, though officials did not disclose where exactly the diseased insects had been found. “This is the time of the season that we can expect West Nile virus to be identified in New Hampshire,” said state epidemiologist Dr. Benjamin Chan.
Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, muscle aches, headaches and fatigue. While many infected people develop no symptoms, a small percentage of people may suffer serious complications such as meningitis or encephalitis. More information: www.dhhs.nh.gov.