Rare mosquito-born virus suspected in Michigan: 10 counties urged to cancel outdoor events - Detroit Free Press
Sep 15, 2020 1 min, 30 secs

As the first suspected human case of EEE was identified Tuesday in Michigan, health officials urge people in 10 Michigan counties to cancel events.

An adult from Barry County is suspected of having the rare and dangerous mosquito-borne virus Eastern equine encephalitis, health officials announced Tuesday.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services now urges people in 10 Michigan counties — Barry, Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Oakland — to cancel or postpone outdoor events that take place at or after dusk to prevent more people from contracting the virus, which is spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes. .

“MDHHS continues to encourage local officials in the affected counties to consider postponing, rescheduling or canceling outdoor activities occurring at or after dusk, particularly those involving children, to reduce the potential for people to be bitten by mosquitoes," said Dr.

EEE virus in Michigan: What to know about symptoms, affected counties, mosquito bites

In Michigan alone in 2019, six people died, and four others were hospitalized

Three of the four people who survived EEE infections in the state "have severe neurologic issues and continue to receive supportive care, either in rehab or at home with home care," said Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in a previous interview with the Free Press. 

“This suspected EEE case in a Michigan resident shows this is an ongoing threat to the health and safety of Michiganders and calls for continued actions to prevent exposure, including aerial treatment,” said Khaldun said.  

Spraying is scheduled to begin Wednesday in the 10 impacted counties, and state health officials say more areas of the state may be treated if additional human or animal cases are identified. 

Environmental Protection Agency and Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development, and is labeled for public health use over residential areas. 

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