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AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine health officials say a York County adult died Oct. 17 after contracting Eastern equine encephalitis, a disease spread by infected mosquitos. Authorities say it's the first death in the state from the disease, commonly known as EEE, or triple E.

Officials say the individual, who was at least age 65, fell ill in late September and was hospitalized in New Hampshire. Early tests were inconclusive, but a sample sent to a federal lab confirmed that the person had contracted EEE.

AUBURN, Maine - The Maine Center for Disease Control is looking to a federal lab to determine whether two toddlers, including one who later died, were exposed to E. coli at the Oxford County Fair.

Officials in Maine want to know if the toddlers were exposed to E. coli while petting animals.

CDC spokesman John Martins tells the Sun Journal that the federal CDC laboratory can conduct more extensive testing. He said it's unknown how long it will be before there are test results.

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LEWISTON, Maine — An old, vacant convent here could have new life as a residential program for women who are survivors of addiction, prostitution and trauma.

AUBURN, Maine — Sexting scandals involving teens have made headlines across the country recently — in Colorado, Tennessee and here in Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A second report about Riverview Psychiatric Center's progress in correcting deficiencies finds that the Augusta hospital still has work to do.

Riverview lost federal certification in 2013 for safety violations. While the hospital has improved in its reporting of incidents of seclusion, restraint and psychiatric emergencies, staffing issues remain a primary concern.