More Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes Found; Campgrounds Closed
More human-biting mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus have been found in the Pachaug State Forest. Parts of the park will be closed as a result, and crews will spray pesticide in the area.
The part of the park to be closed is known as the Mt. Misery or Chapman area, including interior roads and campgrounds east of Route 201, north of Route 138, west of Route 49 and south of Hell Hollow Road.
Last week two campgrounds in the forest were closed when EEE-carrying mosquitoes were found. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection says the campgrounds will remain closed until further notice. Commissioner Dan Esty says the department will decide what happens next after the next round of round of testing.
Mosquitoes carrying EEE were found in bird-feeding species trapped last month, but in three separate tests this month, mosquitoes that feed on both birds and people were found to carry the virus.
Visitors can go to the DEEP website for alternate camping and outdoor recreation areas.