Five College Consortium

Campuses restrict outdoor evening activities in reponse to EEE threat

The Town of Amherst has been identified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to be at “high” risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a rare viral infection that is dangerous and often fatal to humans and spread by mosquitoes that are most active from dusk to dawn.

While there have been no human cases reported in the state for EEE this year, two horses in neighboring Belchertown have died from the disease during the past week and mosquitoes caught in Amherst have tested positive for the virus.

In response, Amherst College has shortened the duration of evening activities until further notice. Visit the Amherst College website for more information.

UMass Amherst campus has also restricted campus-sponsored nighttime outdoor events. Visit the UMass Amherst website for more information.

Visit the Massachusetts Department of Health website for more information about EEE.