Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes Set for Tonight in Brandon/Whiting Areas

For Immediate Release: Sept. 6, 2012
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – If weather conditions allow, aerial spraying for mosquitoes is set to begin tonight from 8 p.m. through 11 p.m. in two 16-square mile areas near mosquito pools that have tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
 
The Whiting spray zone is centered on Stickney Road between Cornwall and Whiting. The Brandon spray zone lies between Leicester and Brandon along nearly all of Grove Street.
 
For a map and more information about spraying and precautions to take for people and animals, go to www.healthvermont.gov, www.vermontagriculture.com, or dial 2-1-1.
 
EEE is a rare but serious and often fatal disease caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Nationally, about six people every year are diagnosed with EEE. In Vermont, the first two human cases of EEE were confirmed on Sept. 1, and one person has died. Because the risk to public health is significant, the spraying tonight is designed to reduce the population of infected mosquitoes in the area.
 
The pesticide product to be used, Anvil 10+10 (Sumithrin), will be sprayed in very low volume concentrations from a fixed-wing aircraft. Sumithrin is found in other pesticides used indoors and on pets and animals to control fleas, ticks and other insects.
 
If exposed to these low levels of Anvil, the risk of health effects for people and other mammals is very low. To avoid any exposure, people in the spraying zones should take the following precautions:

For livestock, provide water only in a covered area, or empty and turn water troughs upside down. Do not refill them until the morning. Or cover water troughs for the night. Prevent livestock from grazing on exposed pastures during the night of spraying.

All Vermonters should take the following actions to protect themselves from mosquito bites and risk of infection from EEE and West Nile virus:  

For more information go Healthvermont.gov or dial 2-1-1.

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