LITCHFIELD — With two deaths related to Eastern Equine Encephalitis in the state, Litchfield Public School officials sent a message to parents Friday about changing the schedule and location of activities.
“Due to the recent cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), we are making some adjustments to outdoor extra-curricular activities,” school officials said in the message. “While there has not been a large volume of reported cases in Connecticut, we are acting out of caution due to the severity of the disease.”
Outdoor sports activities will be shortened, according to the message.
“We have been advised to end practices and games prior to the peak time when mosquito activity occurs ... coaches have been informed that all outdoor practices will need to be completed by 5:30 p.m. The Berkshire League Athletic Directors have been collaborating extensively on this effort and are in alignment with this approach. We will make adjustments to this plan once we have had our first hard frost or we receive further information from our State or local Health Departments.”
The school district also provided an EEE fact sheet for parents to consult for more information. The fact sheet encourages student athletes and coaches to use insect repellent with DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus, which would be provided at the schools.
The district also said it would educate students, parents and athletic staff on EEE including prevention, signs and symptoms.
The Center for Disease Control’s information on EEE is available online at https://www.cdc.gov/easternequineencephalitis/index.html