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EEE study planned in Vermont

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RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Vermont health officials are looking for volunteers for a study of Eastern equine encephalitis.

Matthew Thomas of the Vermont Department of Health says officials hope to learn more about how prevalent the mosquito-transmitted virus is in Vermont. Two men, one from Brandon and the other from Sudbury, died last year in Vermont's first human cases of EEE.

Thomas tells the Rutland Herald that the plan is to draw blood from 150 to 200 volunteers at clinics in Brandon, Whiting and Sudbury.

The first clinic is April 23 in Brandon, with the Sudbury and Whiting clinics set for May 14.

Blood specimens will be sent to the federal Centers for Disease Control for testing, with the results coming back to Vermont for analysis.

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