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New warnings on EEE after 2 deaths in CT from virus

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OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH)– Kevin and his wife Joyce, of Old Lyme, don’t take any chances with their grandson.

“He’s not even quite two yet so we don’t want to expose him to any of that certainly,” said the proud grandfather.

“Well you can see we’ve got him all in long pants and long sleeves,” he added.

They’re also all covered in organic bug spray.

Precautions more people are taking after two people have died from Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

The state has put up messages along the highway reminding people to not be outside between dusk and dawn.

Related: Second person in Connecticut dies from EEE as more infected mosquitoes are located

The East Lyme woman who was the first to contract EEE was laid to rest Wednesday and Tuesday the state announced an Old Lyme resident was the second victim.

“When it hits this close to home you really feel it and you really want to make sure your residents are taking the proper precautions,” said Bonnie Reemsnyder, (D) Old Lyme First Selectman.

The town is now shutting down public ballfields and parks before dusk.

The Parks and Recreation Department is making sure the teams who use them are off of them by 5:30 p.m.

“We’re watching that time because of course our days are getting shorter,” said Reemsnyder.

“I’ve noticed some mosquitoes kind of bothering me in the afternoon,” said Todd Antrim, of East Haddam.

He is working a landscape construction job in Old Lyme and forgot his bug spray at home.  We met him at Cash True Value in East Lyme.

“I just really don’t want EEE,” said Antrim. 

The store carries a variety of mosquito repellents including an all natural line called Nantucket Spider.

“It’s made from a deep blend of essential oils best for repelling flies and mosquitoes,” said Manager Emerson Dexter, who read the description listed on the bottle.

He has had to restock an end cap display with other mosquito and bug repellents several times as residents heed the EEE warnings and clear out many repellents from store shelves.

“It’s typically something we’d kind of wood take down or not have on an end cap almost here in October but we said hey people are asking for it let’s keep it out,” said Dexter.

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