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Vt. to start aerial mosquito spraying after death

BRANDON, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Health Department plans to start aerial spraying 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, a rare and potentially fatal brain infection spread by mosquitoes.

Officials say pesticide spraying will start Thursday night in Brandon and Whiting if weather conditions are favorable.

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, which is also spread by mosquitoes.

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