Vt. health officials: Mosquito-borne illnesses less of a threat here

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) While mosquitoes may still be buzzing, Vermont's health commissioner says he isn't worried about an illness known as EEE or eastern equine encephalitis.

While there have been at least 20 cases of EEE reported in five states, including New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine says there haven't been any cases in Vermont.

In Massachusetts, officials say as of last week, there were eight human EEE cases, including one death.

Levine does say there have been some pools in the state that have tested for West Nile. And while he says there's potential for mosquito-borne illnesses here, it's not something we need to be too worried about.

"They shouldn't be worried about it, but they should understand that we are no less susceptible than any other New England state. There's always the potential. It seems that the southern New England states have had more evidence of that but we are always on the alert," Levine said.

Levine says frost will put an end to most concerns as mosquitoes won't be out.