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Greenwich Orders Parks Close Early To Help Prevent Spread Of West Nile

Mosquitoes (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Mosquitoes (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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GREENWICH, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Officials in Greenwich are taking more steps to try to stop the spread of West Nile virus.

Greenwich has ordered all parks, playgrounds and golf courses close a half hour before dusk after more mosquitoes were found with the virus in Mianus River Park. Parks will not reopen until a half hour after dawn.

WCBS 880′s Sean Adams reports

“We’re just trying to limit the exposure to folks,” said Michael Long, director of environmental services for the town of Greenwich. “We know that mosquitoes are more active at dawn and dusk so limiting the ability for folks to be out during those times either eating or playing will limit their exposure to West Nile mosquitoes.”

Restaurants with outdoor seating have been told to curtail their hours for al fresco dining.

So far this year, Long said there have been about 14 human cases of West Nile virus in Connecticut. None of them have been fatal.

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