In July, Vermont Gov. Phil Scott declared a state of emergency in the state and called upon all Vermonters to tighten the limits of their contact with infected mosquitoes and to wear insect repellant whenever possible. He also challenged the state’s health officials to do more than keep up with responding to reports of mosquito-borne diseases, but to prevent their spread to begin with.
“My administration will work with the state’s health director to study every avenue to reduce the likelihood that [Ebola] could spread among human populations,” he said, in a statement. “Early detection and strict state and federal health regulations are essential steps to reduce the threat of West Nile and Ebola.”
The state expanded its mosquito-kill season to include late spring through early fall, and Vermont’s health commissioner, Harry Chen, continued to champion the need for aggressive mosquito control.
“We will work to increase the number of traps around the state and continue to take action to stop the spread of mosquitoes as soon as possible,” Chen said in a statement earlier this month. “One infected mosquito can pass on a virus to 50 others. Early detection and control efforts can prevent the spread.”