Maine Towns Suspend Evening Athletics Due To Mosquito Risks

Sep 11, 2013

Public schools in York and other towns in Southern Maine have suspended evening athletics, after Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or "triple E" was detected -- along with West Nile Virus --  in mosquito pools in York, and throughout Southeastern New Hampshire. 

Beth Daly is Chief of Infectious Disease Surveillance at the New Hampshire Department for Health and Human Services.  She says New Hampshire’s Department sets a higher bar before advising against outdoor activity:

Where we start making that recommendation is when the risk level gets to very high, which is when we have more than one human or animal case in a community.

Affected towns in New Hampshire have a risk level of moderate right now.  The town of Rye, New Hampshire, has prayed fields and rec areas as a precautionary measure.