North Haven Takes Action Over EEE Concerns

North Haven is stopping outdoor town activities early over concerns about Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

While EEE has not been detected in the town, the move to limit activities follows similar actions by other towns and school districts across the state.

In a Facebook post Monday, Town of North Haven revealed that starting immediately outdoor programs and activities at town or school fields and parks will end by 6:30 p.m. That applies to school, town and league sports and recreational events.

Starting next Monday, the cut off will move earlier to 6 p.m.

Town leaders said the decision follows confirmed cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the state and comes after consultation with state and local health leaders.

So far this season two adults – in Old Lyme and East Lyme – have died from EEE. While the disease is rare, it is deadly in approximately 30 percent of cases, and many survivors suffer brain damage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only about 4 to 5 percent of human infections result in EEE.

The town said the precautions will be in place until further notice. Many hope the first hard frost will help end the mosquito season and allow these changes to be lifted.

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