A Sudbury woman says in-state testing of mosquitoes could save human lives, so she's started a petition demanding it.
Colleen Wright is a friend of Scott Sgorbati, the Sudbury man who died after a month-long battle with Eastern equine encephalitis. She hopes area residents will sign a petition demanding the state open a CDC-funded surveillance laboratory.
This year, federal funding to Vermont was cut so the insects were sent to out-of-state labs for testing. Wright believes in-state testing would save time, and possibly lives.
"An arbovirus surveillance lab would decrease the time form detection to informing the public to hours rather than weeks and that's vitally important because people cannot protect themselves if they don't know that there's a danger," Wright said.
The petition can be found at Dirty Works Laundry in Brandon, the Whiting Country Store and the Leicester General Store.
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