EEE Concerns Ahead of Common Ground Fair 

Maine’s health director says a popular fairslated for next weekend is in the middle of a “hot spot” foreastern equine encephalitis, the virus that’s killed 14 horses inthe state and can also affect people. Dora Anne Mills of the Maine Center for Disease Control andPrevention said she’s concerned about the Common Ground CountryFair Sept. 25-27. Seven of the horses died in Waldo County, wherethe fair’s held, and four others have died in nearby Kennebec andPenobscot counties. Fair officials told the Kennebec Journal in Augusta that signswill be posted on the grounds advising people to cover up with longsleeves and long pants and to wear insect repellent. The EEE virus is carried by mosquitoes. It can causeneurological damage in humans.