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EEE warnings in northern Vermont

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Vt. -

The Vermont Health Department is already starting to put out warnings this spring about potentially deadly viruses carried by mosquitoes.

Two horses in Franklin County died last summer from Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

That was the first time the mosquito-borne illness was detected in the northwest corner of the state.

Although only horses were affected last summer, people can also become infected.

"Different mosquito species prefer to feed on different types of animals or birds or amphibians," says Patsy Kelso with the Vermont Department of Health. "So the fact that we had infected horses in Franklin County last year means that the virus has spilled over into types of mosquitoes that will feed on mammals, and that includes people."

The health department says the best thing people can do -- is really try to avoid mosquito bites -- by using repellant and wearing long-sleeves.

They will hold a town hall this week in Franklin County -- to talk about how they plan to trap and test throughout the summer.

That meeting is Thursday night from 5-30 to 7 at the Swanton Village Complex.

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