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Mosquito Pool in Southern Maine Tests Positive for EEE
08/20/2013 01:07 PM ET  

Maine health officials say the pool in the town of York is the second this year to test positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus, which can sometimes be fatal.

Another mosquito pool in southern Maine has tested positive for the sometimes deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.

That's according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which says the pool is in the town of York. Another pool tested in the town of Alfred on July 16 was also found to be contaminated with the virus.

"We still have plenty of warm weather ahead in the next few weeks and this increases the possibility of additional positive pools," says Maine CDC Director Dr. Sheila Pinette, in a statement.

People who develop the illness often have mild flu-like symptoms which can develop into inflammation of the brain, coma and death.

Public health officials are urging residents to drain free-standing pools of water, cover exposed skin on the arms and legs when outside, and use insect repellant.



 

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