Horse with EEE found in Ossipee, NH

OSSIPEE, N.H. (AP) — Public health officials say a horse from Ossipee, N.H., has tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis.

A horse in Derry tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease last week.

The most recent finding, announced Tuesday, raises the risk level for the town of Ossipee from “remote” to “high.” The surrounding towns of Tamworth, Madison, Freedom, Effingham, Wakefield, Brookfield, Wolfeboro, Tuftonborough and Moultonborough will increase to a “moderate” risk level.

So far this season, 13 mosquito batches have tested positive for West Nile virus and 20 have tested positive for EEE. One person in Chesterfield also has been diagnosed with West Nile virus.

Public health director Dr. Jose Montero says people should protect against mosquito bites no matter where they live until there is a killing frost statewide.

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