In August, 4-year-old Maggie Wilcox died as a result of Eastern equine encephalitis, and N.Y. lawmakers are brainstorming ways to prevent future infections and fatalities, such as vector control, equine vaccinations and more effective ways to notify residents of a threat. The virus has been particularly troubling this year, as it was identified in mosquitoes and animals and people almost simultaneously, which is unusual.

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