Michigan is claimed to be spraying 10 excessive danger circles for mosquito-borne electrical and digital gear


Miriam Marini

| Detroit Free Press

Ten Michigan counties will receive an air mosquito control Wednesday to prevent the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), according to plans announced by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

This is due to the fact that 22 horses in these counties have been confirmed to be deadly from electrical and electronic equipment. The concentration in the central lower peninsula is twice the number of cases recorded around this time last year. Although no cases have been confirmed in humans, humans are at a similar risk, with a death rate of 33% and no vaccine available.

Unlike last year’s EEE treatment, counties have no option to opt out and treatment is required, with the exception of tribal areas and federal land. In 2019, the state saw the worst electrical and electronic equipment outbreak, with 15 counties identified as high-risk – with Kalamazoo County declining treatment – and 10 Michigan people contracting the deadly virus, six of whom were killed.

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“We are taking this step to protect the health and safety of Michigan residents in areas of the state where we know mosquitoes are known to transmit this potentially fatal disease,” said Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical officer and assistant health officer. “As people spend more time outdoors due to COVID-19, they also need to protect themselves from mosquito bites.”

In addition to electrical and electronic equipment, two other mosquito-borne diseases have been identified so far this year. Nine West Nile cases have been confirmed in six counties and the city of Detroit, and two cases of Jamestown Canyon virus have been confirmed in Ottawa and Kalamazoo counties.

A single mosquito bite is enough to infect a person with electrical and electronic equipment, one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the nation. People under the age of 15 and over 50 are at greatest risk, according to Michigan health officials. Symptoms from electrical and electronic equipment include sudden fever, chills, and body aches that can lead to disorientation, headaches, tremors, and seizures.

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The following counties have confirmed cases and are being treated as such:

  • Barry – 1 case
  • Clare – 5 cases
  • Ionia – 1 house
  • Isabella – 1 case
  • Jackson – 1 case
  • Kent – 1 case
  • Mecosta – 1 case
  • Montcalm – 7 falls
  • Newaygo – 2 cases
  • Oakland – 2 cases

Health officials are encouraging local officials to postpone, postpone, or cancel the evening outdoor events. This is the window in which mosquitoes are particularly active at temperatures above 50 degrees.

The air treatment begins around 8 p.m. at dawn. Special aircraft dispense one tablespoon per acre of a fine aerosol, Merus 3.0, which kills adult mosquitoes on contact. Treatment depends on weather conditions, including wind speed, temperature, and precipitation.

Some precautions that individuals can take, as recommended by Michigan health officials, include:

  • Avoid the outdoors from dusk to dawn
  • Apply insect repellent
  • Wears long sleeves and pants
  • Maintenance of window and door grilles
  • Empty sitting water in the house, e.g. B. in buckets or children’s pools to prevent breeding
  • Install fans or nets over outdoor dining areas

Contact Miriam Marini at mmarini@gannett.com

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