Some Areas Of Pachaug State Forest Being Reopened

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is reopening most areas of the Pachaug State Forest that were closed last month after human-biting mosquitoes there tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis.  However,  the Mt. Misery Campground and the Frog Hollow Horse Camp will remain closed until further notice.

Chief Medical Entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Dr. Theodore Andreadis, says the most recent collections in traps in the area show a significant decline,  after ground spraying in the area, and because of recent weather conditions.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen says though there may be fewer mosquitoes for now,  it’s still important to take steps to prevent mosquito bites, since this is the time of year when West Nile virus and EEE infections take place.


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