Mosquitoes continue to cause problems in Hampshire County.
UMass canceled some outdoor events as the Eastern Equine Encephalitis threat level there remains high after two horses were killed in neighboring Belchertown from the mosquito-borne illness.
Now it's affecting student life at the university.
When the more than 20,000 UMass Amherst students return to campus in just a few weeks, they'll have to make sure to pack the bug spray.
"Safety first. You have to put the health of the students in front of everything," said junior student Shaquille Peters, who works for the student activities department.
"We canceled and rescheduled a lot of events we had, and especially for the freshmen who wouldn't get to experience some of the events we normally have, it's definitely disappointing," he said.
Campus-sponsored events at the university were restricted Wednesday night.
But it didn't stop everyone from spending time outside on a perfect afternoon.
"I like the outdoors and I enjoy doing things in the sun, so I guess now I should be a little more careful," said graduate student Kevin Chan.
Two grad students playing a game of basketball didn't know there was a high risk of EEE.
"Usually when we come out here, there's at least 20 people here and I was kind of surprised it was only us two today. Maybe that's why," Chan said.
They say they will follow the advice of the university and spend more time inside at dusk.
And while it may be disappointing for the more than 4,000 first year students to miss out on some of the traditional events, Peters says they'll try to work around it.
"We just had to reschedule some old events, but as we move forward, we know not to have any events outside, or if they're outside we have to end them at a certain time."
UMass officials say that they are putting some larvicide in standing bodies of water at the university to prevent more mosquitoes.
Parents of new students have also been warned of the precautions that need to be taken.
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