Horse in Highgate, VT Euthanized Friday After Becoming Ill From EEE

Horse in Highgate, VT Euthanized Friday After Becoming Ill From EEE

A horse in Highgate, Vt. was euthanized Friday after becoming ill from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
HIGHGATE, Vt. - A horse in Highgate, Vt. was euthanized Friday after becoming ill from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

The Vermont Health Department says this is evidence that mosquitoes in the area are carrying the virus.

“People who live in Highgate are now considered to be at high risk for EEE, and people in Swanton are at increased risk as well” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. “I strongly recommend that people living in the area take every precaution to avoid bites while mosquitoes are still active – until the first killing frost.”

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a serious disease that is transmitted to humans and some animals by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Here are some tips on protecting yourself against mosquito bites:
  • Stay inside or limit the amount of time spent outdoors at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active and biting.
  • Use insect repellents labeled as being effective against mosquitoes. 
  • Cover up with long sleeves, long pants, socks, shoes, hat and headnet when possible.
  • Dump standing water from around your house twice a week.

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