DURHAM, Conn. (WTNH) – More cities are taking precautionary measures to protect people from EEE.
Branford, Bristol and New Britain complete all sponsored outdoor activities at school by 5:30 pm After that time, no one will be able to use the public playgrounds, parks and playgrounds in Branford.
More than 200,000 people are expected at the 100th Durham Fair by Sunday. And EEEs carrying mosquitoes are big in their minds.
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Fairgrounds spanning more than 60 acres suffered mosquito repellent spraying last week.
But for those who visit evening attractions …
"Still, I would recommend wearing their own protection. It never hurts to do it, "said Daniel Miramont, president of the Durham Fair.
Government officials say you don't need to panic. But cities are canceling evening youth sports and taking other precautions after a person in East Lyme and another person in Old Lyme died from EEE.
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very unusual and I have said it many times. These are probably the most widespread levels of activity we have seen in recent years, "says Theodore Andreadis, director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy visited the mosquito test lab on Friday. It is funded mainly by the state and partly by the Centers for Disease Control.
"The five-year grant is running out and we will have to find a way to continue supporting CDC for this center," Murphy said.
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"One time we have a really good 32 degree cold," Andreadis said.
People are advised to use a spray for bugs, to wear long sleeves and trousers if you are out in the evening, especially near fresh water sources and in the east.