ASHLAND, Mass. ̵
Some sporting events are scheduled earlier than usual, while others have ended earlier to prevent crowds from escaping when mosquitoes are most active.
Although temperatures drop, the risk of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) will continue until the first severe frost.
In Ashland, where one person was diagnosed with the disease, the dragon festival was moved earlier to ensure it ended before dusk.
"In the whole city, what we've done is necessarily to finish all the township events in the evening," Ashland City Manager Michael Herbert said Saturday night. "Right now it's 7:15. It will gradually decrease by 15 minutes as it gets darker earlier."
The person diagnosed with the disease in Asland is one of seven human cases of EEE within the Community.  "What I can say is that this man made it to Ashland, but it happened before the air spray event that happened in August, and we will work with the family to offer whatever and help, "Herbert
A Fairhaven woman died of the disease earlier this year, and a 5-year-old Sudbury girl is in the hospital in a critical condition with the virus.
Parents say they take precautionary measures.
"We have a girl and we want to make sure she is not exposed to mosquito bites. We know that some areas have been sprayed, so we are pretty well covered, we have her covered," Holiston parent Ryan Fernandez said .
Many say at this point that they know the routine to be safe, but even police officers take extra precautions.
"We cleared shirts and long-sleeved jackets early for officers and authorized every cruiser with a Deet bug spray and instructed officers to be careful," Ashland Police Chief Vincent Alfano said.
The spraying in Ashland is expected to continue again on Monday.
5-year-old Sudbury in critical condition with EEE, police say
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