New Hampshire Town Fends Off EEE

The town of Hudson recently canceled all nighttime sports, postponed a high school football game, and sprayed mosquito-killing insecticide to get rid of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

There's just a few more weeks of bug season left, but the town has taken precautions since EEE was detected in a mosquito pool in late September.

"I think it's a good thing that they're taking it seriously," said Johanne Riendeau, team mom for the Mitey Mites, a Hudson Litchfield Bears team. Her daughter is one of the cheerleaders.

"Obviously it's going to be talked about more now because they found the mosquitoes, but the coaches have always been diligent" about spraying the students with mosquito repellant, she said.

In the spring, the town will likely disperse insecticide pellets that kill mosquito larvae before they hatch, Community Development Director Sean Sullivan said.

In Hudson, a horse also recently tested positive for EEE.

Also in late September, the state Department of Health and Human Services announced a positive test for EEE in a mosquito pool found in Lee. This brought to 39 the number of mosquito pools to test positive for the disease in the state so far this year. A bird from Merrimack also tested positive for the disease.

Birds in Windham and Hudson have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Mosquito season ends with the first hard frost, which usually doesn't happen until sometime in October.

"While the mosquito activity is dropping, the public needs to know that there is still a danger until we see a killing frost," Commissioner John Stephen said.

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