Dear Parents and Guardians,
I would like to take a moment to share information with you regarding the recent discovery of a mosquito in Stamford with Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), New Canaan’s mosquito management efforts, and some recommended precautionary measures.
On September 23, 2019, a mosquito trapped in Stamford tested positive for EEE. New Canaan has two trapping stations, and to date no mosquitoes have tested positive for EEE here in town. The town's mosquito management program includes ongoing monitoring of these two traps, spraying catch basins throughout town, and monitoring/spraying areas of standing water and swamps as recommended and appropriate.
It is important to note that, to date, there have been no human cases of EEE in Fairfield County. Additionally, as the weather continues to cool, mosquito activity significantly diminishes, particularly when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Additionally, mosquito breeding season has ended, and the population is decreasing.
After consultation with Jenn Eielson, Director of Health in New Canaan, it is recommended that all community members take the following precautionary measures when outside from dusk until dawn, when mosquitos are most active.
1) Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, or when mosquitoes are most active. Clothing should be light-colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.
2) Consider the use of mosquito repellent, according to label instructions, when outdoors.
This afternoon, when we first heard about the report from Stamford, we postponed South School’s “Walk to School Day” until next week, when we anticipate better weather and cooler temperatures. We will continue to monitor this situation closely, and if it becomes necessary to postpone any additional school events we will communicate that information immediately.
Bryan Luizzi, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools