On Monday, the state epidemiologist from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Stephen Sears, contacted Lebanon town selectman Robbert Frizzell to inform him that Eastern equine encephalitis had been found in a flock of pheasants in Lebanon. The pheasants were reported to be from a captive pheasant farm in Lebanon, noting that 30 pheasants have died at that farm, due to being infected with “Triple E”. The Lebanon Board of Selectmen made the information public as they wish the public to be aware of the situation, so they have the information and can take any appropriate safety measures. Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious viral disease spread by mosquitoes that can affect people and horses, but has also been seen in captive birds. This is the first time this year that Triple E has been found in animals in Lebanon.