The air mosquito remedy deliberate for 10 counties in Michigan is taken into account excessive danger for electrical and digital tools


Officials will be performing aerial mosquito treatment in 10 Michigan counties considered high risk for the deadly disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 22 cases of electrical and electronic equipment in horses across Michigan. Officials are also investigating other possible animal cases.

No human cases were confirmed as of Sunday, but the number of cases in horses is double what officials confirmed at the time, according to MDHHS.

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Health officials have determined the need for a targeted air treatment plan. They said electrical and electronic equipment is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, with a 33% death rate for people who get sick.

People can get EEE from a bite by a mosquito that carries the virus, officials said.

People under the age of 15 and over 50 are at greatest risk of developing the infection seriously. More than 25% of the country’s EEE cases last year were diagnosed in Michigan, MDHHS officials said.

Here are the districts that should receive air treatment:

  • Barry County
  • Clare County
  • Ionia County
  • Isabella County
  • Jackson County
  • Kent County
  • Mecosta County
  • Montcalm County
  • Newaygo County
  • Oakland County

Treatment is scheduled for Wednesday evening but depends on weather conditions.

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

Signs of EEE infection include sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint pain, which can lead to severe encephalitis, causing headaches, disorientation, tremors, seizures, and paralysis. Anyone who thinks they have these symptoms should see a doctor.

LAST YEAR: 6th mosquito-borne electrical and electronic equipment death in Michigan

In some cases, permanent brain damage, coma, and death can also occur.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has issued an emergency rule temporarily changing the rule for reporting and participating in airborne pesticide applications in affected counties. This means mosquito control is required for the areas listed in the air treatment plan, with the exception of federal land and tribal areas.

“As recent history has shown, electrical and electronic equipment can strike quickly and be fatal to humans and animals,” said MDARD director Gary McDowell. “MDARD fully supports the work and commitment of MDHHS to protect public health. We have therefore removed an obstacle that may have prevented them from taking quick action.”

Additional areas could be selected for treatment as new cases of humans or animals outside the currently identified zones are confirmed.

The air treatment is carried out by special aircraft, starting in the early evening and until the next dawn. State-certified mosquito control professionals apply an approved pesticide as an ultra-low-volume spray (ULV). ULV sprayers emit very fine aerosol droplets that float in the air and kill adult mosquitoes on contact.

In general, according to the authorities, no health risks are to be expected during or after spraying. No special precautions are recommended, but anyone with a known sensitivity to pyrethrins can reduce the potential for exposure by staying indoors during treatment.

According to official information, no effects on surface water or drinking water are expected from the air treatment. Monitoring in 2019, when more than 557,000 acres were treated in Michigan, found no increased side effects from humans, animals, or insects associated with air treatment.

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