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September 2, 2012

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First human EEE cases confirmed in Vt.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — Two people have been hospitalized in Vermont with Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the state Health Department said yesterday, confirming the state’s first human cases.

Both cases involve adults from the Addison and Rutland counties in western Vermont, where mosquito pools recently tested positive for EEE and West Nile virus, the department said. The first and only confirmed cases of EEE in animals to date occurred in September 2011 in emus.

Like West Nile virus, EEE is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. With the human cases confirmed, health and agriculture officials are considering an aerial spraying program as early as next week, weather permitting, for the area where EEE was detected.

Elsewhere in northern New England, suspected cases of EEE and West Nike were reported in Maine in August. EEE was found in August in a mosquito batch in New Hampshire, the first time an animal tested positive for the disease there since 2010.

Small plane crash kills 1, injures 2

FALMOUTH — A small plane has crashed near a small airstrip in Falmouth, killing one person who was trapped in the aircraft and leaving two passengers with life-threatening injuries.

Holly Baker of the Federal Aviation Administration says the plane left Tweed-New Haven Airport in Connecticut and crashed at 11:02 a.m. yesterday, while attempting to land at Falmouth Air Park. The Falmouth Fire Department says the injured victims were taken by medical helicopter to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of burns.

The crash sparked a fire in the woods at the air park, a small airstrip near Fresh Pond Road. Baker says the Cirrus SR22 aircraft was badly burned. The FAA is investigating.

The identities of those involved in the crash were not immediately known.

Woman on oxygen dies after outage

NEW DURHAM — Police say a New Durham woman who needed oxygen died in her home around the time of a power outage this week.

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