Michigan health officials are urging residents of 11 counties to stay inside from dawn to dusk to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes carrying a deadly virus that killed six people in the state last year.
The state’s Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that a resident of southwestern Michigan’s Barry County was the state’s first suspected human case of eastern equine encephalitis called EEE.
The suspected case in one person comes after the virus was found in 28 horses in 11 counties – twice the same number of animal cases last year.
A state advisor said, “When animals have high rates of infection, humans are at risk.”
The Health Department has also urged the rescheduling or cancellation of outdoor activities during or after, especially for children.
“EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States,” said a state consultant, noting that people can become infected with one bite of the mosquito carrying the virus and that people under 15 and 50 Are the greatest of ages. Risk of serious illness after infection.
“A suspected case of EEE in a Michigan resident suggests it is a threat to the health and safety of mixiganders and to take continued action to prevent risk, including aerial treatment,” said MDRHS Chief Medical Executive Dr. Jong Khaldun Calls for a statement.
The first night of airborne anti-mosquito treatment was held for high-risk areas on Wednesday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of September 9, the US has confirmed only five confirmed cases of EEE this year, three in Massachusetts and two in Wisconsin.
Only 4 to 5 percent of people who become infected with EEE virus contract encephalitis, and in the US, an average of 11 cases of the disease occur each year.
But 2019 had the most cases in more than a decade – 38. Michigan accounted for more than 25 percent of that number, with 10 cases.
Signs of EEE infection include fever, chills, sudden onset of body and joint pain, which can progress to a severe encephalitis, resulting in headaches, disorientation, tremors, seizures, and paralysis, the Michigan Department of Health said . According to the CDC, approximately one third of all people with Encephalitis due to EEE infection.
The best prevention is to avoid mosquito bites by following preventive measures, including using an EPA-approved mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and pants, and cleaning any outdoor items, such as bird baths. Or plantation.