FAIRHAVEN, Mass. (WPRI) – With the new school year set to begin Tuesday in Fairhaven, the school department is taking extra precautions to protect against students, teachers and staff from the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
School grounds throughout the district were treated Monday night out of an abundance of caution, according to the superintendent. School officials say they will continue to spray until the end of mosquito season.
The decision comes in the wake of the recent EEE-related death of Fairhaven resident, Laurie Sylvia.
Hers is the first death, but fourth confirmed human case of EEE in Massachusetts this year.
Treating the school grounds is a top priority for Fairhaven health officials with extra-curricular activities and sports such as football being conducted into the evening hours, the same time the community is at its highest risk.
School officials say it is a 100% natural treatment that is being conducted on school grounds.