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Central Thumb EEE Free... So Far
Mon, 07 Oct 2019 16:00:31 EDT
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Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has been detected in several counties, including those bordering the Thumb. So far, the central Thumb area has not had any reports of EEE. "None. No reports. thank goodness," said Ann Hepfer who is the director of both the Huron and Tuscola county health departments. "Mosquito Abatement in Tuscola told me that have not had any mosquitoes test positive for EEE either." Michigan is experiencing its worst EEE outbreak in more than a decade. Tuscola County has a county-wide suppression spray program for mosquitoes, and in Huron County Sebewaing and Caseville townships have suppression programs. However, suppression spraying can only do so much. The best defense is not to getting bitten, and to do the following recommended precautions: using insect repellents with DEET, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites. Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. Empty 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. There are at least eight confirmed human cases of EEE in Michigan with several fatalities. Signs of the virus include the sudden onset of fever and chills; body and joint aches that can progress to a severe encephalitis; headaches; seizures; and paralysis. The virus attacks the nervous system. Find more information about mosquito-borne diseases at www.michigan.gov/emergingdiseases.