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EEE mosquito-borne illness concerns affect high school sports in Connecticut

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(WTNH) — School districts across Connecticut have taken precautions for athletic games that are taking place outside and in the evening hours due to the concern of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a mosquito-borne illness.

The State of Connecticut Department of Health has distributed information to prevent contracting EEE, which has been identified in 12 towns: Chester, Haddam, Hampton, Groton, Killingworth, Ledyard, Madison, North Stonington, Plainfield, Shelton, Stonington, and Voluntown. Horses have tested positive for EEE virus in Colchester and Columbia this season, and the virus has been detected in a flock of wild pheasants

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The following school districts have adjusted their athletic and after school schedules or have issued information:

  • Clinton, CT
    Clinton School District
    All fields closed from 6 p.m. until dawn
  • East Haddam, CT
    Nathan Hale-Ray High School
    All athletic games to end before dusk
  • Groton, CT
    Groton School District
    Curfew at 6 p.m.
  • Montville, CT
    Montville School District
    Practices held until 5:30 p.m., games end by dusk
    No use of fields before dusk and after dusk
  • Youth leagues ending practice and games at 6:30 p.m.

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  • New London, CT
    New London High School
    All city-sponsored or supervised outdoor activities will end by dusk (6:15 p.m.)
  • North Stonington, CT
    North Stonington School District
    5 p.m. / 6 p.m. curfew
  • Norwich, CT
    Norwich Technical High School
    Restricting evening activities to end at 6:30 p.m. daily or at dusk
  • Salem / East Lyme, CT
    Avoid outdoor activity between dusk until dawn

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  • Stonington, CT
    Stonington High School
    Avoid outdoor activities from one hour before dusk and one hour after dawn
  • Waterford, CT
    Waterford High School
    Athletic practice ends by 6:30 p.m. and game times moved earlier starting at 4:15 p.m.
  • Westbrook, CT
    Westbrook High School
    Minimize outdoor activities from dusk to dawn

Have another school or school district to add to the list? Email: ReportIt@wtnh.com.

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