BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Health Department says a second Franklin County horse has died of the mosquito-borne illness, Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says people who live in the Highgate and Swanton area are considered to be at high risk for EEE.
He is urging all Vermonters to take actions to avoid mosquito bites until the first killing frost. He says that wherever there are mosquitoes, there is the possibility of EEE or West Nile virus, another disease transmitted by the bite of the insects.
EEE is a potentially fatal disease that is transmitted to humans and some animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.
Last year, two people who lived in the southern Addison County and northern Rutland County died of EEE.