High school football games across state rescheduled due to EEE concerns

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(WTNH) — Some high school football games are being rescheduled because of concerns about the deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the disease carried by mosquitoes reported to be in Connecticut.

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Norwich Free Academy will now host Xavier this Saturday at 2 p.m., while Fitch High School in Groton will host Xavier next Saturday at 1 p.m.

Groton announced Wednesday that teams will not be allowed to use town fields after 6:30 p.m. at night because the period around dusk is when mosquitoes carrying EEE are most active.

Even with the early start times, Stonington versus Montville had to be suspended in the third quarter as the game approached the dusk hour.

While some school officials said mosquitoes been seen, they’re glad the school took the extra precaution.

“We haven’t had to take these precautions in quite some time, I think we have a great plan, and everyone has been very cooperative, not just that we work with here in town, but also the schools that we play,” said Ledyard Athletic Director Jim Buonocore, whose Friday night game was pushed up to Friday afternoon.

All you have to do is take a look around Ledyard and you can see all of the woods in the wetlands surrounding the high school. They say that is where the mosquitoes breed, and they’re not just taking the athletes into account but also the fans, they say everyone is a target for the mosquitoes.

State health officials said mosquitoes with the virus have now spread to twelve communities, mostly in southeastern Connecticut.

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