More mosquitoes tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis. Now, the state plans to spray pesticide in part of Addison County.
Thursday's aerial spraying is planned for the same swampy area in northern Whiting where the state sprayed last year, a 2-mile radius around Stickney Road.
"Only spraying the Whiting swamp area this time around," said Erica Berl of the Vermont Department of Health.
That's because Eastern equine encephalitis was just detected in four more mosquito pools in that area. Last year, the state sprayed parts of Brandon, too. But mosquito surveillance in northern Rutland and southern Addison counties this summer has only turned up the disease in Whiting. Still, the state says EEE could potentially be anywhere the bugs are.
"They like these hardwood acidic swamps of which we have several around the state," Berl said. "It's not out of the realm of possibility we could see EEE elsewhere in the state."
A wet spring and summer led to a bumper crop of mosquitoes, but the state says most are just nuisance bugs and not carriers of EEE. So far, no people or animals have tested positive this summer. Still, the health threat led to the decision to spray.
"Eastern Equine Encephalitis is fortunately a rare disease in people, however it can be a very severe disease and on average, a third of the people end up dying from it. Last year, we had two cases and both of them died. So, that's one of the reasons we take this disease very seriously," Berl said.
And one spray will likely not be enough. The state plans a follow-up aerial spray next Tuesday.
"So, we can get more mosquitoes with a double spray versus a single spray," Berl said.
The state advises residents to stay inside and close their windows during the spray, but says it is safe. The state says fields owned by certified organic farmers will be skipped. The health department has more information and a map of the target area on its website -- http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/arbovirus/mosquito_spraying.aspx
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