EEE Parent Notification

EEE Parent Notification
Posted on 09/13/2019
Notification

Sept. 12, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

   We were informed by the Connecticut Department of Public Health that mosquitoes trapped in Chester, and some surrounding communities, were found to be positive for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).  No human cases of EEE have been identified in Connecticut so far this year.    

   The Connecticut Department of Public Health is urging residents to continue personal preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites and reduce the chance of contracting EEE.  Residents are advised to protect themselves and their children by minimizing outdoor activity from dusk to dawn, when mosquitoes are most active. The mosquitos that carry the virus are active until the first heavy frost.

   We consulted with our district medical advisor who has recommended that any students participating in outdoor, evening activities should bring their own insect repellent and self- apply it as a precautionary measure. Parents may also choose to apply insect repellent at home.

For further information on what can be done to prevent getting bitten by mosquitos and the latest mosquito test results, visit the Connecticut Mosquito Management Program web site at http://portal.ct.gov/mosquito   For more information about EEE prevention visit the CDC website.

Sincerely,

Brian J. White

Superintendent of Schools

Chester, Deep River, Essex and Region 4 Schools


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