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Vt. collecting deer samples to test for EEE virus

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont biologists are going to be testing more than 700 blood samples taken from deer and moose across the state this fall as part of an effort to track the virus that causes Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Biologists say that mapping where the virus is found will help broaden the state's understanding of the spread of the virus - which killed two people in Vermont in 2012 and two horses this year.

EEE antibodies detected in deer and moose have been found in every Vermont country.

State officials have been working to detect and track the virus since it first appeared in the state in a flock of emus in Rutland County in 2011.

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