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Tests confirm EEE in Vt emu

Brandon, Vermont - September 23, 2011

For the first time ever the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus has been found in a live animal in Vermont and health officials want you to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

The Vermont Health Department says emus at a farm in Brandon began getting sick last week and Thursday tests confirmed EEE.

The illness is carried by mosquitoes. A mild case causes flulike symptoms. But EEE can infect the nervous system. In rare cases, it's deadly or leaves patients who survive with permanent disabilities.

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