Stamford Public School superintendent, Dr. Tamu Lucero issued the following letter on Friday about Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in the area.
The Stamford Public Schools received information yesterday about Stamford mosquitoes testing positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Stamford’s School District is taking this health risk seriously, however the State’s Department of Public Health considers there to be minimal risk of infection and does not recommend cancelling any outdoors events – unless events occur during dusk or dawn when mosquitoes are more numerous. However, families should be aware of safety recommendations made by Stamford’s Department of Health:
- Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn
- When outdoors
- Use approved mosquito repellent
- Wear long sleeves and pants
- Ensure window screens and door screens are intact
Please note the Superintendent’s Office worked today with schools to cancel outdoor activities prior to receiving the specifics of this health concern. Without details of the severity of the risk, Stamford Public Schools chose to act proactively to ensure student safety. Please feel free to contact the Stamford Health Department directly if you have any additional questions.