University takes precautions against EEE virus

Luca Triant

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis, also known as EEE or Triple E, is a virus that has come to Connecticut. As of Oct. 2, three people have died from the virus. It is reported that 17 towns have tested positive for the virus. Hamden and North Haven, where Quinnipiac campuses are located, haven’t been affected yet.  

 However, the university is taking precautions. 

“The university, through the Student Health Service, is making available bug spray in the form of little towelettes that are individually packaged that students can pick up,” Phillip Brewer, university medical director for the Student Health Service, said.

Connecticut’s Department of Public Health says that there are no cures or vaccines for the virus. The best way to prevent getting the virus is to avoid mosquitoes. Mosquitoes that carry the virus are active during the hours of dusk to dawn

Many events take place in the evenings at Quinnipiac that has students walking around campus during these hours.The university has already rescheduled athletic and other university-affiliated outdoor events in the hours of risk to prevent infection. This has been in place since Sept. 27. 

There is no word on when the university will begin having outdoor activities during the hours of risk. Mosquitos are still a risk of appearing in Connecticut until the weather cools down further.