Aerial mosquito spraying to stop EEE is completed in 14 MI counties

Henrietta Strickland
October 9, 2019

There are also five additional EEE cases confirmed in horses in Jackson, Kent and Tuscola counties.

State health officials announced that mosquitos carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been detected in four new towns in CT. "We chose to conduct aerial treatment to protect the health and safety of Michiganders". Other areas sprayed included portions of Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kent, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.

The state of MI sprayed pesticides on Saturday night, October 5, in Concord and Grass Lake townships to kill mosquitoes potentially carrying EEE.

Ten human cases of EEE have been reported in MI this summer and fall, leading to four deaths.

According to Michigan.gov, treatment spraying over 14 Michigan counties was completed Tuesday, Oct. 8.

The confirmed cases were in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is still recommending everyone take the following precautions to avoid a mosquito-borne illness.

There are no further plans for aerial treatment at this time because weather conditions aren't favorable.

Khaldun, however, urges MI residents to continue taking precautions - like staying inside after dark or using bug spray - until a hard frost can kill the mosquito population.

EEE is one of the most unsafe mosquito-borne illnesses in the country, carrying a 33% fatality rate for people who become ill.

Mosquitoes carrying the deadly EEE have been found in four new towns.

. Only use products that are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Maintain windows and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.

Emptying water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.

Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.

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