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State Closing 2 Campgrounds, Mosquito Virus Found

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Pachaug State Forest. Photo from State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection web site.

Pachaug State Forest. Photo from State Department of Energy and Environmental Protection web site.

VOLUNTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is closing two of its campgrounds in Pachaug State Forest after Eastern equine encephalitis was detected in human-biting mosquitoes.

DEEP announced Wednesday that overnight camping will be not be allowed at Mount Misery campground and the nearby Frog Hollow Horse Camp until further notice. Both camps are located in the Voluntown section of the state forest, the largest in Connecticut.

DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty said EEE is a rare but potentially deadly disease that must be taken seriously. He said the presence of human-biting mosquitoes so near to the campgrounds left the agency with no choice but to close them to protect public health.

Pachaug State Forest will still be available for day use, such as hiking and other recreational activities.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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