Virus that killed Vermont man detected in Maine mosquitoes

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State public health officials have detected Eastern equine encephalitis in mosquitoes in York County, marking the first confirmed presence of the potentially fatal disease in Maine this year.

A batch of mosquitoes at a collection site in Alfred tested positive for EEE on Aug. 9, according to a health alert issued Monday by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The mosquitoes were collected on July 16, making this the earliest in the season that Maine has identified the presence of the virus.

In 2012, a flock of 30 farm-raised pheasants in Lebanon died from Eastern equine encephalitis. The state also recorded its first-ever human case of West Nile virus, another infection spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, in a Cumberland County man.

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