Health officials urge people to suspect rare mosquito-borne virus in Michigan


Health officials in Michigan are reportedly urging indoors after 22 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis in 22 horses and a suspected human case.

Michigan’s Health Department confirmed 22 horse cases in 10 counties and announced a suspected human case in Barry County on Wednesday, the department said in an announcement.

Officials said they would begin aerial treatment on Wednesday night in some high-risk areas of the state to prevent the spread of eastern equine encephalitis.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging the people of Barry County as well as the counties of Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Maxta, Montcalm, Nuego and Oakland to cancel outdoor events that occur in the evening Or postpone According to USA Today, more people contract the virus.

“MDHHS continues to encourage local authorities in affected counties to consider postponing, rescheduling, or canceling outdoor activities that occur on or after evening hours, especially those involving children, To reduce the likelihood of people being bitten by mosquitoes “Dr. Jong Khaldun said. In a statement, according to USA Today, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS.

Eastern equine encephalitis is one of the most dangerous diseases caused by mosquitoes in the US with a 33 percent fatality rate, according to Michigan’s Department of Health. People over the age of 15 or over 50 are at the greatest risk of serious illness after infection, and the risk of a bite is highest for those who work in and play outside the affected areas, according to the department.

The department said that 22 cases reported in horses are double the number of cases reported last year. More than 25 percent of the state’s eastern equine encephalitis cases were diagnosed in Michigan last year.

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