Oakland Counties urged to guard themselves from mosquito bites in confirmed EEE circumstances

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DETROIT Oakland County Health Division and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services remind residents to take precautionary measures against mosquito bites as cases of eastern equine encephalitis have been confirmed in two horses in Holly and Ortonville.

No human cases have been identified to date.

MDHHS also recommends, as a precaution, that officials consider postponing, postponing, or canceling outdoor activities that occur in or after dark, especially activities that involve children. This would include events such as exercise or late evening games.

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“These animal cases show that electrical and electronic equipment is present in Oakland County,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, Oakland County’s health officer. “Citizens in all of our communities must take simple steps to reduce the risk of serious illness from mosquito bites, such as limiting exposure to outdoor activities and wearing mosquito repellants.”

Follow these prevention tips:

  • Use an insect repellent registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All insect repellants registered by the EPA are rated for safety and effectiveness and contain DEET, picaridin, IR3535, lemon eucalyptus oil or para-menthane diol as an active ingredient. Repellants that contain a higher percentage of the active ingredient typically offer longer-lasting protection. Always follow the directions on the product label.
  • Be careful with repellent on children’s hands as it can irritate the eyes and mouth.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Limit outdoor activities from dusk until dawn, when the mosquitoes are most active.
  • Maintain window and door grilles to keep mosquitos away from buildings. Do not open any open doors.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by removing stagnant water in your home:
  • Turn over any container that can collect water. Once a week, empty water-containing items such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, bird baths, dog bowls, flower pots and dumpsters.
  • Clean up clogged gutters, especially if leaves tend to clog the drains.
  • Treat stagnant water that cannot be disposed of, such as B. retention basins or drainage ditches, with a mosquito larvicide. Mosquito larvicide is easy to use and can be bought at most hardware stores.

Mosquito-borne diseases such as electrical and electronic equipment are seasonal and occur in the warm summer months and continue into autumn. The public is urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites until the first hard frost of the year.

“Electrical and electronic equipment is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the US,” said Dr. Russell Faust, medical director for the health department. “The death rate for people who get sick is 33 percent. People under the age of 15 and over 50 are at greatest risk of developing serious illnesses after infection. “

People can become infected with electrical and electronic equipment from the bite of a mosquito that carries the virus. Signs of electrical and electronic equipment include the sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint pain, which can lead to severe encephalitis, leading to headaches, disorientation, tremors, seizures, and paralysis. In some cases, permanent brain damage, coma, and death can also occur. Anyone who experiences these symptoms should see their doctor’s office.

For more information on mosquito-borne diseases such as electrical and electronic equipment, visit the Health Department’s website at www.oakgov.com/health or contact Nurse on Call at 800-848-5533 or noc@oakgov.com.

Nurse on Call is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For the latest public health information, visit @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.

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