Communities across the state aren’t taking any chances when it comes to EEE.
Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a virus that can be deadly for humans.
For players on the field at East Hampton High School, it’s a race against the clock and the setting sun.
This week the district sent an email to parents saying all outdoor after school activities, practices, games, and events will end prior to dusk.
Health officials say mosquitoes are most active from dusk to dawn. EEE infected mosquitoes have been found in several towns in Connecticut. While East Hampton isn’t one of them, their neighbor Haddam is. Still, the town isn’t taking any chances which is why the superintendent says the tree line near but not on the fields or school grounds will be sprayed to try and reduce the mosquito population.
Parents at a varsity soccer game in East Hampton say they’re glad the town is taking precautions.
“It’s the world we live in. Mosquitoes are taking us over. Hopefully they’re going to spray and get rid of them all,” said Karen Bottone.
Ending outdoor school activities and events at dusk will continue until the first hard frost.