Human case of EEE confirmed in Cass Co.; aerial treatment complete

Severe cases of EEE (involving encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain) begin with the sudden onset of headache, high fever, chills, and vomiting 4 to 10 days after a mosquito bite.

The announcements come as health officials completed the planned aerial spraying treatment in 14 counties most impacted by EEE. Five additional cases of EEE have been confirmed in horses in Jackson, Kent and Tuscola counties, according to officials.

Last Saturday the state conducted aerial mosquito spraying in Concord and Grass Lake townships to kill the source of the virus. "We chose to conduct aerial treatment to protect the health and safety of Michiganders".

Fort Custer Training Center, which is in both Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties, was also sprayed, according to the MDHHS.

She said the danger of EEE has not completely subsided in MI.

Another 39 animals in 16 counties, including Genesee, Lapeer and Tuscola, were found with confirmed cases of EEE. More than 557,000 acres were treated to fight the spread of the rare, unsafe mosquito-borne disease. Many who survive the disease suffer from physical and mental disabilities, health experts said.

There are no further plans for aerial treatment at this time because weather conditions aren't favorable.

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EEE is a virus spread by infected mosquitoes.

Rashmi Travis, Jackson County Health Department Health Officer said, "We ask people to continue to vigilant and again once that first hard frost hits thats when we would be kind of sort of more comfortable to know that the mosquitoes are actually killed off at that point". Only use products that are registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when outdoors.

Maintain windows and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.

Emptying 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.

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