AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the virus that causes Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been found in a mosquito pool in York.

The sample was collected on Aug. 27 and it was tested Friday.

Last year Maine identified EEE in three horses, one emu, one pheasant flock, and 26 mosquito pools.

Maine also had three mosquito pools test positive for West Nile Virus.

There has never been an identified case of EEE in a Maine resident, but the first locally acquired case of West Nile was reported in 2012.

Both EEE and West Nile can cause illness in people that in rare cases can be fatal.

Health experts say people should protect themselves from mosquito bites.


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