More EEE Detected in Addison County Mosquito Pools, Spraying Planned

More EEE Detected in Addison County Mosquito Pools, Spraying Planned

More EEE has been detected in four more Addison County mosquito pools Tuesday.
BURLINGTON, Vt. - More EEE has been detected in four more Addison County mosquito pools Tuesday.

According to the Vermont Health Department, this brings the total to five detections in mosquito pools from the same area.

The Health Department plans on aerial spraying on August 22 and 27, weather permitting.

“These newest detections only intensify our recommendations to Vermonters to fight the bite, no matter where you live,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. “We can’t kill every mosquito, but targeted spraying may knock back the local population of mosquitoes that are carrying the EEE virus. Spraying could reduce risk of infection, but it’s still important that we all take precautions against mosquito bites.”

Here are some tips to prevent mosquito bites from the Health Department:
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outside when mosquitoes are active.
  • Use insect repellents labeled as being effective against mosquitoes. Effective ingredients are DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Cover baby carriages or outdoor play spaces with mosquito netting.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • Take extra precautions at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active and biting.
  • Reduce mosquito breeding habitats by getting rid of standing water and draining areas where water can pool - such as rain gutters, wading pools and old tires. 

For extensive information about EEE and West Nile virus and the 2013 Arbovirus Surveillance & Response Plan, go to www.healthvermont.gov
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