Sunday, September 15, 2019        

Mosquito-Borne Illness Prevention at Athletic Facilities

Mosquito-Borne Illness Prevention at Athletic Facilities

Due to the recent illnesses and detection of mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) within the state and region, all town outdoor athletic facilities will close at 6:30PM or dusk (which ever comes first) for town youth recreation leagues.

EEE and WNV are spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes. Upon the advice of state health and environmental officials, the town is closing all outdoor athletic facilities for youth recreation leagues at 6:30 or dusk (should dusk come sooner). This closing is intended to avoid the time period when mosquitoes are most active. Additional steps to take in reducing exposure to the virus when outdoors include encouraging athletes to wear an EPA-registered insect repellent that includes contains DEET, Picaridin (known as KBR 3023 and picaridin outside the US), IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE), Para-menthane-diol (PMD), and/or 2-undecanone. Insect repellent should be re-applied every four ours. Athletes and spectators alike are also reminded to cover exposed skin to limit mosquito bites. Lastly, open water containers/cups should be emptied and properly disposed of to prevent additional spots where mosquitoes can lay eggs.

The town continues to make every effort to limit the population of mosquitoes that potentially carry serious illnesses spread by mosquitoes. The town has placed larvicide in storm drains in an effort to disrupt mosquito breeding grounds. These efforts are effective in reducing the mosquito population; it does not eliminate the threat of mosquitoes carrying these viruses. We will closely monitor conditions and advice from state environmental and health experts as we work to protect the public’s health.

Randy Rossi, Town Manager
Todd Manni, Director of Emergency Management
Robert Caine, Director of Parks & Recreation

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