Michiganders urged to remain indoors as officers race to cease the unfold of a harmful mosquito-borne illness


Authorities are urging folks to remain indoors after darkish and shield themselves from mosquito bites after a resident in Barry County was suspected of getting Japanese Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a doubtlessly lethal sickness attributable to the EEE virus.

The Michigan Division of Well being and Human Companies (MDHHS) introduced the suspected EEE case on Tuesday.
Here's how to protect yourself (and your pets) from EEE, the deadly mosquito-borne virus

“This suspected EEE case in a Michigan resident exhibits that is an ongoing risk to the well being and security of Michiganders and requires continued actions to forestall publicity, together with aerial therapy,” Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical government and chief deputy for well being at MDHHS, stated in an announcement.

“MDHHS continues to encourage native officers within the affected counties to think about suspending, rescheduling or cancelling out of doors actions occurring at or after nightfall, significantly these involving youngsters to cut back the potential for folks to be bitten by mosquitoes.”

Twenty-two horses throughout 10 counties have additionally been confirmed to have EEE — twice the variety of animal instances seen in Michigan this time final yr.
The state is conducting aerial therapy throughout a number of “high-risk areas” in an effort to cut back the variety of mosquitoes spreading the virus.
5 confirmed human instances of EEE have been reported to the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention this yr, as of September 9. Three instances had been reported in Massachusetts and two in Wisconsin.
There are sometimes solely 5 to 10 human instances reported in the US every year, in accordance with the CDC. About 30% of all instances end in demise. There was an uncommon uptick within the variety of reported instances and deaths in 2019.

The incubation interval for EEE ranges from 4 to 10 days, in accordance with the CDC. Signs might be gentle and may embrace fever, chills, aches and basic discomfort, however extreme instances can contain swell of the mind or meningitis.


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