Students Unable To Go Outside For Recess Due To Infected Mosquitoes

SANDOWN, N.H. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — Officials at a New Hampshire elementary school are hoping for colder weather, so students can go outside.

The Eagle-Tribune reports that students at Sandown North Elementary School have been kept inside for recess since Sept. 11 after mosquitoes there tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis.

Superintendent Earl Metzler says he’s hoping for a frost that will kill the mosquitoes.

“We’ve taken significant precautions,” Metzler told the Eagle-Tribune. “We’re extremely frustrated, but we want to make sure they are as safe as can be.”

The first frost used to come in September, but entomologist Alan Eaton says climate change has pushed that back in recent years.

State officials say 20 mosquito pools and two horses have tested positive for EEE this year.

“Things seem to be slowing down, especially for EEE. We’re just waiting for the frost to really end it,” Eaton told the Eagle-Tribune.

There have been no human cases.

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