March 1, 2013 by Jeff
Have you heard of Eastern equine encephalitis? Do you know what it is?
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus and spread by infected mosquitoes. The disease most commonly affects people and horses, but illness has been reported in other animals including alpacas, llamas, donkeys, pheasants and emus. For more information on the disease, click here to access the Department’s website.
To get a better handle on how widespread EEE is, the Department of Health, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention are in the preliminary stages of developing a study to learn more about Eastern equine encephalitis in Vermont. Residents of Brandon, Whiting, and Sudbury will be mailed a volunteer form with information about the times and locations for blood draw clinics. If you choose to participate – and we hope you will! – it’s important to know:
- You will not be given your individual blood test results.
- All information collected during the study will be confidential.
- You can choose to leave the study at any time.
To learn more, contact Matthew Thomas at 802-863-7240.