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Colder Weather Reducing Risk Of West Nile, EEE In Some Towns

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GLOUCESTER (CBS) – Some public health officials are now saying the coast in clear in their towns after a hard frost has limited the amount of mosquitoes and reduced the threat of West Nile and EEE.

Up until this week, the Gloucester High School football teams were holding their games on Saturday afternoon instead of  the typical Friday night.  This Friday, the varsity football team will play at 7 p.m.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

“Given the reduced risk, programs may resume scheduling outdoor activities between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.,” Gloucster Public Health Director Noreen Burk told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens.

The towns of Rockport, Manchester and Essex have also lifted their evening activity bans since the recent frost.

It hit most communities in the Greater Boston area last weekend, except for Suffolk County and the Cape and Islands.

But some health officials have warned residents that although the temperatures are getting cooler, the usual precautions should still be followed to protect against West Nile and EEE.

The state Department of Public Health has not updated its website with the latest risk level for EEE and West Nile since the frost.

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