According to the NH Department of Health and Human Services, the Zika virus is a mosquito-borne infection that is related to dengue, yellow fever, and West Nile virus. It was first discovered in Uganda in 1947 and is common in Africa and Asia but did not begin spreading to South and Central America until 2015. In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects. Zika virus is not present in mosquitoes in the United States, nor New Hampshire, though there have been cases of the virus in the U.S. in people who traveled to countries where the virus is being transmitted.

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NH DHHS Zika Page
NH DHHS Fact Sheet
CDC Zika Page
NH DOE Technical Advisory

Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962. EV-D68 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Mild symptoms may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing.

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Ebola

The symptoms of Ebola typically include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and stomach pain. Some patients develop a rash, red eyes, hiccups, a cough, sore throat, chest pain, difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, and bleeding inside and outside of the body.

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