New Hampshire health officials have declared a public health threat for several communities because of the risk of the mosquito-borne illness Eastern equine encephalitis.
The Department of Health and Human Services declared the threat Wednesday under a state law that provides additional mosquito-control assistance to towns where the risk of Triple E is high. The action came after additional mosquito pools tested positive for Triple E in Manchester and Derry.
The towns that have been offered the additional assistance are Atkinson, Auburn, Bedford, Candia, Chester, Deerfield, Derry, Goffstown, Hampstead, Hooksett, Londonderry, Manchester, Raymond, Salem, Sandown and Windham.
The law allows expedited permitting for mosquito control and allows the state to reimburse the cities and towns up to 25 percent of their costs.
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