Oakland County residents urge to protect themselves from mosquito bites amid confirmation of EEE cases

Detroit – Oakland County Health Division and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are reminding residents to use caution from mosquito bites as cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis have been confirmed in two horses in Hawley and Ortonville.

To date, no human cases have been identified.

The MDHHS also recommends that authorities consider postponing, rescheduling, or canceling outdoor activities that occur at or after evening hours, particularly activities involving children. This will include events such as late evening sports practice or games.

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“These animal cases show that EEE exists in Oakland County,” Oakland County Health Officer Leah-Anne Stafford said. “Residents of all our communities need to take simple steps to reduce the risk of serious disease from mosquito bites such as limiting exposure to outdoor activities and wearing mosquito repellent.”

Follow these prevention tips:

  • Use the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -assessed insect repellent. All EPA-registered insect repellents are evaluated for safety and effectiveness, and will include DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or Para-menthene-diol as active components. Repellents with a high percentage of active ingredient typically provide long-lasting protection. Always follow the product label instructions.
  • Be careful to use repellent on children’s hands as it can cause irritation to the eyes and mouth.
  • Wear protective clothing such as long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Limit outdoor activity from dusk to dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Maintain window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of buildings. Do not prop open doors.
  • Get rid of mosquito breeding sites by removing standing water around your home:
  • Turn on any type of container that can collect water. Once a week, empty items that hold out water such as tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, pet bowls, flowerpots, and garbage containers.
  • Clean the roof gutters, especially if the leaves are meant to close the drains.
  • Treat standing water with mosquito larvicides that cannot be eliminated, such as a retention pond or drainage ditch. Mosquito larvicides are easy to use and can be purchased at most home improvement stores.

Mosquito borne diseases, such as EEE, are seasonal and flare up in the summer months and remain in decline. The public is urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites until the first hard frost of the year.

“EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States,” Dr. Dr., Medical Director of the Health Division. Said Russell Faust. He said, ‘People who get sick have a 33 percent mortality rate. People over 15 years of age and over 50 years of age are at greatest risk of getting serious illness after infection. “

A virus-carrying mosquito bite can infect people with EEE. Indications for EEE include fever, chills, sudden onset of body and joint pain that can progress to a severe encephalitis, resulting in headaches, disorientation, tremors, seizures, and paralysis. In some cases permanent brain damage, coma and death may also occur. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should visit their physician’s office.

More information about mosquito-borne disease, such as EEE, can be found on the Health Division website at www.oakgov.com/health or by contacting the nurse by calling 800-848-5533 at [email protected]

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