VT Officials Trying To Raise Awareness of Mosquito Illnesses

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/07 2014 05:28PM

Updated 04/07 2014 05:34PM

SWANTON, Vt. - Health leaders say it's too early to tell what kind of mosquito season we should expect, but they aren't taking any chances.

The big concern here is West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Last year two horses died from EEE. In 2012, two people died in Rutland county.

This year, prevention is key! One of the first things on the agenda is mosquito surveillance planned for the end of June.

"The hope is that if you can fight it in the mosquitoes early you can at least warn people or give people a better idea of where it is and let people know how concerned they should be," Erica Berl, Epidemiologist, said. 

Leaders say the long, harsh winter doesn't tell them anything about what to expect when it comes to mosquitos. They urge horses, llamas, and alpacas to get vaccinated

There is a hearing planned for this Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Swanton Village Complex. People in northern Vermont are encouraged to attend.

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