SWANSEA, Mass. (WPRI) -- A local school district is taking action to protect students from the threat of mosquito-borne illness.
The Swansea School committee voted Monday night to suspend all outdoor evening activities until the first frost of the season. According to Superintendent Robert Monteiro, Friday night football games will now be played at 4 p.m. under the sun instead of under the lights.
"The School Committee felt it wasn't worth putting in jeopardy either the parents, spectators, relatives, as well as our athletes," said Monteiro.
Swansea is one of 13 local communities where West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes this year.
Rehoboth, Massachusetts had a mosquito sample come back positive for EEE.
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