As a reminder, two separate mosquito pools in North Stonington tested positive for mosquitoes containing Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Based on those results, we initiated protective measures to help ensure that our residents do not come in contact with mosquitoes carrying EEE.
We have been in contact with Ledge Light Health District and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) to determine if these protective measures are still necessary. Although the risk for disease transmission remains relatively low, mosquitoes are currently very active and biting; the warm weather will continue to support or increase the existing mosquito population. Based on this information, last week’s recommendations remains in place regarding town recreation activities ending at 6pm.
The CAES will be conducting additional sampling tonight and tomorrow night, but we won’t have results back until early next week. These protective measures will remain in place until we receive notification of negative mosquito tests, or a hard frost occurs. Regardless of test results, residents are always advised to adhere to the following precautions:
Minimizing time outdoors at dusk and dawn.
- Ensuring door and window screens are tight-fitting and in good repair.
- Wearing shoes, socks, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts. Clothing material should be tightly woven.
- Using mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors.
- Using mosquito repellent when necessary – in a safe manner according to the label instructions.