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Details on human testing for EEE

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

More details on how human testing for Eastern equine encephalitis will work.

Two Vermonters were killed this summer after being bit my mosquitoes carrying EEE.

The Health Department is now looking for up to 300 volunteers from Whiting, Brandon and Sudbury to participate in a study. Subjects will give blood and share information about their health and lifestyle.

"Once we get the blood tests back we can try to link to having antibodies to types of outdoor activities or link antibodies to maybe they had a mild illness that could have been EEE," Vt. Epidemiologist Patsy Kelso said. "So we will know what proportion of people in those towns have been infected with Eastern and not even known it. I think that would be reassuring to folks in that town that look you can get bitten by a EEE-infected mosquito and not die as a result, because we don't really know much about that."

The Health Department hopes to get the Centers for Disease Control and Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington to sign off on the study by Town Meeting Day. They would start taking samples as soon as that happens.

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