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Aerial assault on EEE kills 50% of mosquitoes in spray zone

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RUTLAND, Vt. -

Spraying to kill mosquitoes carrying Eastern equine encephalitis appears to have partly worked.

The spraying took place last week in Addison and Rutland counties.

The state doesn't have exact numbers, but Agriculture officials estimate about half the mosquitoes in the spray zone that carry the disease were killed. Final results should be ready Monday.

EEE is rare, but it can be fatal. One Vermont man has died; another has been hospitalized for several weeks.

Meanwhile, a horse in Whiting has EEE. It's the first horse in Vermont to contract the disease and it's expected to recover. There is a vaccine for EEE for horses, but the horse that has the virus was not vaccinated.

There is no human vaccine for EEE.

Click here for more on EEE from the CDC.

More on EEE from the Vt. Health Department, including information on the aerial spraying and a map of the area.

Click here for more on EEE from the Vt. Agriculture Agency.

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