Vt. to retry aerial mosquito spraying
BRANDON, Vt.—The Vermont Health Department is going to try again to finish spraying pesticides from airplanes to control mosquitoes in parts of Rutland and Addison counties where two people were sickened, and one person died, from the state's first cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis.
Spraying began Thursday evening, but it could not be completed because weather conditions were unfavorable.
Two 16-square mile areas will be sprayed near mosquito pools that have tested positive for EEE.
Ground spraying has already started.
Eighty-seven-year-old Richard Hollis Breen of Brandon died Tuesday of EEE. A Chittenden County adult also has been hospitalized with West Nile virus, the state's first human case of the disease since 2003, which is also spread by mosquitoes.