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So before everybody reacts to local sports scheduling changes, just what is EEE? Why we should error on the side of caution.

POSTED October 02, 2019
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Now before I even start, I understand that it’s going to be easy for folks to criticize the powers that be for any decisions they may make concerning moving games due to the EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) concerns.

Before we start jumping up and down about the scheduling changes, let’s look at the facts.

Just what is EEE?

“Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is an extremely rare but serious and often fatal infection that causes encephalitis or inflammation of the brain. It is spread by the bite of a mosquito infected with EEE virus (EEEV). EEEV can also infect a wide range of animals including mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The spread of EEEV to mammals (including humans and horses) occurs through the bite of infected mosquitoes that feed on both birds and mammals.”

What could happen is you contract EEE?

“The type of symptoms usually depends on the age of the person. People over age 50 and younger than age 15 are at greatest risk for developing severe disease. Severe cases of EEE infection begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting that may progress into disorientation, seizures, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), and coma. Approximately a third of patients who develop EEE die, and many of those who survive have mild to severe brain damage.”

That information comes from the New York State Department of Health and I’m pretty sure it says the same thing on the CT site as well and it does, I looked.

So, this doesn’t seem like something any of us would want to contract and since the little mosquitoes that carry this don’t come with little tattoos on their wings that identify themselves, why not lean more towards caution?.

For each of us who might complain about any of the decisions, imagine our rage if something happened to someone we knew or to us?

With that in mind, the Torrington sports have been affected by the changes, a least for the rest of this week.

With the weather expected to turn more fall like starting on Thursday, the risk may dissipate some although a hard freeze is needed to decrease the risk even more.

The Torrington girls’ soccer team will now play on Thursday at 3:45 on the road at Watertown while the Torrington boys will still play on Friday but at 3:30.

Torrington football is scheduled to take on Sacred Heart on Friday night under the lights but the game is being rescheduled to either 3:00 or 3:30 at the Robert H Frost Complex.

A final starting time will be decided on Thursday.

Hey, everybody will be home earlier on Friday night, can’t be a bad thing, right?


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