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State ready to roll out EEE plan

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The State of Vermont will unveil its plan this week for tackling Triple E and other mosquito-borne health threats.

Two people died of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Vermont last summer and the state is hoping to prevent severe illness and death this year. At a town hall meeting in Brandon, health and agricultural officials will unveil their new risk matrix -- designed to help towns identify their community's level of risk.

A town with a single human or animal case of Triple E, or consistent high levels of positive mosquitoes will be considered high risk -- and the state has some advice.

"At the higher risk levels we start to think about using larvicides and adulticides to kill larval or adult mosquitoes, and that could mean the spraying of pesticides. We also start to think about recommending towns that they possibly curtail evening activities because mosquitoes are most active in the evening, so town may want to think about canceling certain outdoor events that are outdoors in the evening," said Patsy Kelso with the Vt. Health Department.

State officials will discuss those recommendations in detail Wednesday night, from 5 to 7 at the Brandon Town Hall.

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