CT leadership speaks on EEE threat, virus found in mosquitoes in South Windsor

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SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Lamont met with leaders of CT DEEP, Department of Public Health, and Department of Transportation to discuss the EEE threat in the state.

The latest mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus were in South Windsor.

The Governor has one message for the public: “Don’t panic, but be on alert.”

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Commission leaders commented on how remarkable the numbers have been: “We have never seen this much activity, at this high a level, over such a wide geographic region. It is quite unusual.”

South Windsor is taking precautions after a mosquito collected in the town tested positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus.

Resident Clint Bowman said he wants the town to take the virus seriously.

“They really should take it seriously, because it can kill,” he said.

Bowman said he went camping with some friends in Michigan 20 years ago. He said they went to bed swatting at mosquitoes and woke up so sick that they were rushed to the hospital. The diagnosis? Encephalitis.

“It was two to three months after I got out of the hospital that I was able to do things normally again,” he said.

He said his friend passed away during week two of hospitalization, and another friend suffered permanent paralysis.

Hearing his concerns, and the concerns of others, town officials make some changes.

The South Windsor Parks and Recreation Department said that the Health Department Director has now authorized an emergency pesticide application on town properties.

Related: Mosquitoes in South Windsor test positive for EEE

Treeline borders and areas of standing water on school campuses will be treated after town officials and the board of education consulted with the Supervisor of the Pesticide Management Program for DEEP.

As a result, the town’s athletic fields, parks, and any outdoor Parks and Recreation facilities will now be closed at 5:30 p.m.

Related: East Lyme resident dies from EEE; second person contracts virus this year

Additionally all 4th “R” activities will be conducted inside of the elementary school buildings after 5:30 p.m. each day.

Anyone with questions should contact the Parks and Recreation Office at 860-648-6355 or rec@southwindsor.org.

Mosquitoes were collected and then tested at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven. There were 115 tests conducted this week that also checked for the West Nile Virus and the Jamestown Canyon Virus, along with EEE.

To read the full report, click here.

Updated Connecticut EEE map as of 09/23/19

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