Vt. health dept. says EEE found

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department says the Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been found in a mosquito pool in the Addison County town of Whiting.

Officials say the virus was found in a sample taken Aug. 1.

It was the first time this year that EEE has been found in Vermont.

Mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in Addison, Rutland and Franklin counties.

No human or animal cases of either disease have been reported this year.

EEE was found for the first time in Vermont mosquitoes last year. Two people contracted the illness and later died.

The health department is urging people to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants when mosquitoes are active, ensure baby carriages are covered and use insect repellant.

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