CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. John Lynch has declared that a public health threat exists in nearly four dozen New Hampshire communities where mosquito batches have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The declaration on Friday allows the communities to take measures, including spraying, to decrease the threat to public health.
Earlier this week New Hampshire health officials reported the first human case of West Nile virus in two years. They say the Manchester adult is recovering from the virus.
Spraying began Thursday in Manchester- one of 45 communities named by Lynch as being at risk. Most of the communities are in the seacoast region and from Manchester south.
Health Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas told Lynch West Nile activity this year has increased significantly in the Northeast.
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