Officials: EEE Detected in Whiting For the First Time This Year

Officials: EEE Detected in Whiting For the First Time This Year

According to the Vermont Department of Health, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been detected in two batches of bird-biting mosquitoes collected in Whiting on Tuesday.
WHITING, Vt. - According to the Vermont Department of Health, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been detected in two batches of bird-biting mosquitoes collected in Whiting on Tuesday.

This marks the first time EEE was detected in southern Addison County this year. The department says this is also the first detection of the virus in Vermont since it was found in mosquitoes in Grand Isle in the middle of June.

“These detections confirm that both mosquito-borne viruses are circulating in Vermont again this year,” said Erica Berl, infectious disease epidemiologist for the Vermont Department of Health. “EEE can be a very serious disease and, although the risk of getting infected is low, it’s not zero. No matter where you live – enjoy the outdoors but take precautions to fight the bite.”

West Nile virus was detected two weeks ago in mosquito pools collected in St. Albans.

Both viruses are spread to humans and some animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. No human or animal cases have been reported to date in 2014.

Ways to Protect Yourself
  • Limit your time outside from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active and biting. When you do go outside take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outside when mosquitoes are active.
  • Use insect repellents that are labeled as being effective against mosquitoes. Effective ingredients are DEET, picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. For more information about choosing a repellent, go to healthvermont.gov and search for ‘insect repellent’
  • Cover baby carriages or outdoor play spaces with mosquito netting.
  • Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out.
  • 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.
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