Eastern Equine Encephalitis Resurfaces in Vermont: Mosquitoes Test Positive in Alburgh and Swanton

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Mosquitoes Carry Potentially Deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Vermont

ALBURGH, Vt. (WCAX) – Concerns arise as mosquitoes in two Vermont counties have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a serious and potentially fatal mosquito-borne infection. The bugs were found to be carriers of the virus from pools in Alburgh and Swanton earlier this month. The last time EEE was detected in Vermont was in 2015, and the disease resulted in the unfortunate deaths of two individuals in 2012.

The Vermont Health Department has issued a warning about the recent EEE findings, emphasizing the importance of taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites. It is crucial for residents of Alburgh and Swanton, as well as neighboring areas, to stay vigilant and protect themselves from mosquito bites, especially during dusk and dawn when these insects are more active. Wearing long sleeves, using insect repellants, and removing standing water sources can significantly reduce the risk of contracting EEE.

The recent EEE detection follows the detection of West Nile virus in mosquitoes found in Alburgh and Vergennes just a few weeks ago. These outbreaks serve as a reminder of the increasing threat posed by mosquito-borne diseases in the region. Authorities are urging communities to remain proactive and make necessary efforts to prevent the spread of these viruses.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a rare but potentially severe disease that affects humans and animals, such as horses. The virus can cause symptoms such as fever, headache, vomiting, and in more severe cases, seizures, coma, and even death. Although EEE is not contagious from person to person, the transmission occurs through the bite of an infected mosquito.

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The Vermont Health Department is working closely with local authorities and conducting further studies to monitor the extent of EEE and West Nile virus in the state. Health officials are implementing vector control measures to reduce mosquito populations and minimize the risk of disease transmission.

As mosquito season continues, it is crucial for Vermont residents to take appropriate measures to protect themselves and their communities. Regularly emptying containers with stagnant water, using screens on windows and doors, and avoiding outdoor activities during peak mosquito activity times are some additional preventive steps to consider.

For more information and updates on mosquito-borne diseases in Vermont, residents are encouraged to visit the Vermont Health Department’s website. It is essential to stay informed and take the necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of oneself and the community.

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