Connecticut will conduct “ultra low-volume” ground spraying of pesticides affecting adult mosquitoes in the closed areas of Pachaug State Forest to reduce the number of mosquitoes. Image source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has closed areas of Pachaug State Forest to the public due to the presence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in mosquitoes that feed on humans.
Some mosquitoes carrying the EEE virus feed on horses and birds.
Pachaug State Forest is located in Voluntown, CT and is the largest state forest in Connecticut. It is a popular camping and hiking location.
Due to the discovery of mosquitoes carrying Eastern equine encephalitis, the DEEP has closed the Mt. Misery and Frog Hollow Horse campgrounds until further notice.
Signs have been posted in this portion of the forest by DEEP staff advising visitors of the closure. Click on this link for a list of alternative camping areas/outdoor recreational areas http://www.ct.gov/deep
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “EEE is one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States with approximately 33 percent mortality and significant brain damage in most survivors. There is no specific treatment for EEE; care is based on symptoms.”
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