In Michigan, aerial spraying has resumed to fight the mosquito-borne virus

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The Detroit News
| The Detroit News

Michigan health officials resumed air treatment for protection against eastern equine encephalitis Monday when the number of confirmed animal cases in the state rose to 32.

The areas designated for treatment include: Blocks 1-1 and 1-2 in Barry County; Block 4-3 in Montcalm County; Blocks 5-2 and 5-3 in Kent County; Block 6-1 in Newaygo, Oceana, and Muskegon counties; and Block 13-1 in Allegan County, said the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

If time and weather permit, blocks 2-1 and 2-2 in Jackson County will also be covered. Blocks 3-1 and 3-2 in Oakland County; Block 11-1 in Livingston County; and Block 12-1 in Calhoun County.

“Even though we had cooler temperatures in the evenings, Michigans still need to take precautions against mosquito bites as the mosquitoes remain active until there is a long period of hard frost,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the chief medical officer of the state executive and chief deputy for health.

“We continue to see an increase in the incidence of electrical and electronic equipment in animals, which increases the urgency of treatment as we know the mosquitoes that carry this potentially deadly virus are still active in our state.”

The mosquito-borne virus affects both humans and animals.

A pony in Oakland County has been confirmed to have electrical and electronic equipment, causing a total of 30 horse cases, the health department said Monday. A second deer in Ionia County was also diagnosed.

A Barry County resident has also been certified with EEE.

Affected counties are Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo, and Oakland.

For more information on electrical and electronic equipment, visit Michigan.gov/EEE.

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