For Immediate Release: Sept. 8, 2012
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
BURLINGTON – Aerial spraying of mosquito pesticide over areas near mosquito pools that have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Brandon and Whiting was completed last night at approximately 9:20 p.m.
The northern part of the Whiting area was sprayed Thursday night, but halted early due to unsafe weather conditions. On Friday night, the Whiting area south of Stickney Road and all of the Brandon area was successfully completed.
The spraying operation was designed to reduce the population of infected mosquitoes. However, all Vermonters should take the following actions to protect themselves from mosquito bites and risk of infection from EEE and West Nile virus:
- Limit the amount of time spent outdoors at dawn and dusk.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants outside when mosquitoes are active.
- Use insect repellents labeled as being effective against mosquitoes.
- Remove standing water around from around your house.
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