Tests find more EEE virus in Vt. mosquito pools - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Tests find more EEE virus in Vt. mosquito pools

Posted: Updated:

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Health Department says tests have found more mosquito pools infected with the virus that causes the potentially deadly disease Eastern equine encephalitis.

The Vermont Health Department says the virus was found in more mosquitoes from the swampy areas of Whiting, nearby Leicester, Brandon and Sudbury.

Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen says the entire area around the swamp system appears to be a "hot spot" for EEE.

The virus was found in five mosquito pools sampled on Aug. 26, 27 and 28. West Nile virus has also been found in the area.

Chen is urging everyone in the area to protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially during the holiday weekend when people will be outdoors.

Last year, two people from the area died after contracting EEE.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.