Less than a week after it was instituted, a curfew on town/school activities has been lifted, officials announced on Monday.
Last Tuesday, Oct. 2, Chesprocott Health District recommended that all town and/or school-related activities be ended before dusk over concerns that residents attending such functions, as well as those participating in them, could be exposed to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) disease, which is spread by mosquitoes. A report the previous day stated that a mosquito carrying the disease had been detected in Bethany and that a third person in Connecticut had died due to the illness, while a fourth person had been diagnosed.
“While the risk is relatively low, there’s still a risk,” Maura Esposito, director of Chesprocott, informed The Herald last week.
With temperatures taking a steep plunge over the last several days, officials have decided that the risk of being infected is so minimal, the Town no longer needs to ensure activities are finished by dusk, when mosquitoes are usually most active.
“… With the continued temperature drop and mosquito activity/populations diminishing, the human exposure risks are greatly reduced,” explained Esposito, in a statement sent to Town officials in Cheshire, Wolcott and Prospect on Monday morning. “After careful consideration and further discussion with DPH and the State Agricultural Station, I am recommending discontinuing the minimizing/ceasing of town activities at dawn and dusk.”
Esposito did state, however, that residents should continue to take necessary precautions, even though the risks are minimal.
“The public should continue… wear appropriate light colored, tight woven long-sleeved shirts and long pants (and) use insect repellent follow instructions on the label,” she stated.
Chesprocott will continue to monitor the situation and will advise member towns accordingly, Esposito wrote, in her release.