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*Last updated 10:45am Thursday September 26th, 2019*
EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis), a serious mosquito-borne disease, has been detected in Rhode Island. The Town of South Kingstown has been working closely with the State (RIEMA, RIDOH, RIDEM) to continue to monitor the situation, and provide the public with information and updates. The State is urging all Rhode Islanders to take personal precautions against EEE. The Town will continue to share information on the situation as it becomes available. Residents are encouraged to monitor RIEMA, RIDEM & RIDOH online and social media outlets for up to date information. Questions should be directed to the State agencies, or residents can call 2-1-1. The Town is also sharing information on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/southkingstownri
The most effective way to reduce the risk of acquiring mosquito-borne illnesses is to reduce exposure to mosquitos and mosquito bites.
Between September 8th - 10th, the State conducted a first round of aerial spraying in certain areas of Rhode Island. This first round of spraying did not include South Kingstown: Spray Map (Round 1).
The State announced a second round of aerial spraying, impacting 12 communities, as shown in this map Spray Map (Round 2). This second round of spraying included limited portions of South Kingstown, and occurred Wednesday, September 25th, 2019, beginning around 6:30pm through the early morning hours on Thursday. Low flying aircraft will be in the area during this time.
The pesticide used, Anvil 10+10, is regulated and has been extensively tested. It is being used at very low concentrations. No adverse health effects are associated with its use for mosquito control. However, it is generally good practice for people to limit their exposure to pesticides when possible. While spraying is occurring, it is best to err on the side of caution and limit time outdoors, bring your pets inside, and keep your windows closed. For more information, visit RI DEM’s website at www.dem.ri.gov/mosquito or call 2-1-1.
Please see the press releases and maps linked below for further detail.
Parks & Recreation:
The Parks and Recreation Department has implemented precautionary measures relative to the threat of EEE, impacting outdoor activities in the parks at dusk or after dark. The Town's Recreation Department outdoor youth program schedules (flag football and tennis) have been adjusted to adhere to recommended smart scheduling by RIDOH. All Youth Leagues and organizations utilizing Town facilities are advised to modify practice and game schedules to end no later than sunset. All leagues, programs and organizations utilizing Town outdoor athletic facilities, are required to adhere to personal precautions against mosquitos as advised by RIDOH. Please read the Public Notice for further detail.
All questions related to South Kingstown interscholastic athletic program scheduling should be directed to the South Kingstown School Department. The Superintendent has posted a notice regarding EEE on the School Department website.