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East Hampton schools spraying repellant after mosquito virus threat

EAST HAMPTON (AP) — A Connecticut school district is hiring a company to spray insect repellant near athletic fields at its schools in response to the threat of eastern equine encephalitis.

East Hampton town officials decided to spray the fields after mosquitoes carrying the virus were found in the East Hampton area.

Superintendent Paul Smith said the product will be sprayed along the brush and on trees at the wood line near the fields but it will not be sprayed on the fields themselves.

One human case of the virus was found in East Lyme earlier this week.

Smith added it is a way to be proactive about the dangers of the virus and all school and town activities including athletic events will end at dusk until the threat is over.



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