STONINGTON – Urban Equine Encephalitis
STONINGTON – Town and health district officials are urging people to take precaution after mosquitoes Stonington and North Stonington on Aug. 20 and Aug. 21. There were positive tests at all four locations, and the Ledge Light Health District issued an advisory in both towns.
"What is unique about this finding is that it has not been found to be more likely to be mosquito-borne." This is in every municipality, at least one of the most positive findings in a human-biting mosquito, "said Mansfield. "That's not very common. By comparison, the last case we had was reported in October (201
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus is a rare cause of brain infections. There have been 32 cases in humans across the U.S.. from 2014 to 2018, with most of them in eastern or Gulf Coast states.
Approximately 30% of people with EEE and many survivors have ongoing neurological problems, the CDC said.
Mansfield said that among the largest pools of mosquitoes to test positive in a single August week since 1996.
Sites at Stonington High School and Barn Island, along the Pawcatuck River, and next to Interstate 95 in North Stonington were tested last week. Station locations along Coogan Boulevard at Mystic and Bell Cedar Swamp at North Stonington were not part of the latest round of testing.
Barn Island; three positive tests from 133 mosquitoes tested near Stonington High School, including a human-biting species; one positive result from 50 tested along the Pawcatuck River; and four positive tests from 58 mosquitoes near I-95, including a human-biting species.
"Based on the data, our staff spoke with town leaders and it led to the collective decision to issue a press release and stress the importance of curtailing any outdoor activity for an hour before or after dawn or dusk, "Mansfield said.
The protections should be taken until the first frost of the season, which is not expected for at least a month. Mansfield said the findings may fluctuate in the coming weeks, but that the district of New York has been diagnosed with cancer.
Mansfield said posted at parks, boat ramps and other locations in the community where residents would be at higher risk.
The information has been relayed to school administrators. Officials in Stonington and North Stonington confirmed that they would consider schedule changes as needed to limit exposure to student athletes and club members.
Mary Ann Butler, assistant superintendent of curriculum and assessment for the Stonington Schools, said the district was notified by First Selectmen Rob Simmons on Tuesday and the District immediately relayed the information to parents.
There are no active classes as yet the health district's recommendations.
"We've still got four to six weeks before the first frost."
For more information on EEE testing and mosquito management, including tips on avoiding exposure, visit the Ledge Light Health District at www. llhd.com or the state's informational website at portal.ct.gov/mosquito.