The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is the largest agency in New Hampshire state government, responsible for the health, safety and well-being of the citizens of New Hampshire. DHHS provides services for individuals, children, families and seniors, and administers programs and services such as mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse, and public health. This is accomplished through partnerships with families, community groups, private providers, other state and local government entities, and many citizens throughout the State who help make New Hampshire a special place in which to live.
LYME DISEASE INFORMATION
NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS) recommends awareness that the incidence rate of Lyme disease in NH in 2011 was the third highest in the nation. In fact, since 2006, NH’s has been in the nation’s top five states for Lyme disease incidence rate. In most NH counties, over 50% of deer ticks sampled from 2007-2010 were infected with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. Prevention of disease with frequent tick checks after possible outdoors exposure since removal of a deer tick within 24-36 hours of attachment can prevent disease transmission. Recognition that diagnosis of early Lyme disease (erythema migrans) should be based solvely on clinical suspicion since diagnostic serologies (including IgM) may not yet be positive.
*Report all tick-borne diseases, confirmed or suspected, to the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) within 72 hours at 603-271-4496 (after hours 1-800-852-3345, x5300).
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: NEW HAMPSHIRE HEALTH ALERT NETWORK – Health.Alert@nullnh.gov
DEAD BIRD HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS
Please call the Department of Health and Human Services, West Nile Virus (WNV) and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Information Line: 1-800-273-6453 PRIOR to the collection of any dead bird.
What should you do if you find a dead bird? If you have observed a bird or birds that have died under unusual circumstances, call your local animal control officer, health officer, their designated representative or in their absence, call the WNV Information Line, 1-866-273-6453.
PLEASE DO NOT DELIVER BIRDS WITHOUT PRIOR AUTHORIZATION.
BIRDS TO BE TESTED MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
- Dead less than 24 hours
- Not decomposed or maggot infested
- Not overtly traumatized (no blood, ripped out feathers, etc.)
- Not found close to a building (window crash)
Dead birds not eligible for testing may be disposed of by burial, or double bagging in zip-lock type plastic bags and placed in the trash. Although WNV or EEE have not been shown to spread directly from birds to people, we urge citizens not to touch dead birds, or any other dead animal, with bare hands.
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