Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) - East Haddam

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  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

    Date: October 1, 2019

     

     

    PRESS RELEASE—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Contact:  Emmett J. Lyman, First Selectman

                    860-873-5021
     
    Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)

    “Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed a single case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the town of East Haddam; tragically a fellow East Haddam citizen has died as a result of the disease, and our deepest condolences are with this individual’s family. As a result of this reported case of EEE, and after conferring with the State Department of Public Health, we have immediately cancelled all dusk to dawn school and public-related outdoor activities that had been scheduled, and this cancellation will remain in effect until after the first frost per the advice of state officials and expert biologists. In the meantime, while we have been advised that EEE is heavily on the wane right now, in order to keep our residents safe, we strongly encourage people to follow expert advice and avoid unnecessary outdoor activities from dusk to dawn, especially in freshwater marshes, swamps and other wet wooded areas that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes that transmit EEE, to wear long sleeves and long pants, particularly from dusk to dawn, and to use insect repellent when outdoors during these times. We are deeply sorry to have to share this tragic news with you; we as East Haddam citizens will get through this difficult time together, as we always have.”

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