During the summer months, mosquitoes are regularly monitored at sites around the state for mosquito-borne diseases. Each week, mosquitoes are collected at various locations by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. These collections of mosquitoes are tested for arborviruses - mosquito-borne viruses - that affect Vermonters, such as West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The Health Department summarizes mosquito testing results and reports of human and animal illnesses every week during the summer and early fall, and compiles data each year in an annual surveillance report.
2019 Surveillance for Viruses Spread by Mosquitoes
- Lines represent historic (2002–2018) average percentage of mosquito pools positive for WNV (solid line) and EEE (dotted line).
- Bars show the percentage of mosquito pools positive in the current year.
- Historically, the percentage of mosquito pools positive for an arbovirus increases in late August and peaks in mid-September.
Mosquito Surveillance Results
|Testing Week||# of Mosquito Pools* Tested||# of EEE Positive Pools||# of WNV Positive Pools||% WNV Positive Pools|
|Jun 23 - 29||120||0||0||0|
|Jun 30 - Jul 6||137||0||0||0|
|Jul 7 - 13||291||0||0||0|
|Jul 14 - 20||293||0||0||0|
|Jul 21 - 27||223||0||0||0|
|Jul 28 - Aug 3||260||0||0||0|
|Aug 4 - 10||320||0||0||0|
|Aug 11 - 17||250||0||1||0.4|
|Aug 18 - 24||242||0||0||0|
|Aug 25 - 31||208||0||1||0.5|
|Sep 1 - 7||193||0||2||1.0|
|Sep 8 - 14||156||0||0||0|
* A mosquito pool is a group of 1-50 mosquitoes of the same species, collected at the same trap location, on the same date.
- No animal cases of WNV or EEE were reported.
- No human cases of WNV or EEE were reported.
Aedes albopictus Surveillance
- The Aedes albopictus mosquito can carry and transmit the Zika virus. It has an estimated geographic range that includes southern Vermont.
- No Aedes albopictus mosquitoes have been found at two targeted trapping sites in southern Vermont.