Prevention pointers offered

Two cases of EEE have been confirmed in horses in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties. (WDIV)
Two cases of EEE agree with been confirmed in horses in Kalamazoo and St. Joseph counties. (WDIV)

DETROIT – The Oakland County Properly being Division and the Michigan Department of Properly being and Human Services and products are reminding residents to consume precautions from mosquito bites as cases of Jap Equine Encephalitis agree with been confirmed in two horses in Holly and Ortonville.

To this point, no human cases agree with been diagnosed.

MDHHS furthermore recommends out of an abundance of caution that officials keep in mind suspending, rescheduling or cancelling outdoor activities going down at or after dusk, specifically activities that own youth. This may perhaps perhaps encompass events a lot like gradual evening sports activities practices or video games.

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“These animal cases cloak that EEE is cloak in Oakland County,” stated Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “Residents in all of our communities ought to consume straightforward steps to decrease the risk of severe illness from mosquito bites a lot like limiting exposure at outdoor activities and wearing mosquito repellent.”

Apply these prevention pointers:

  • Exercise Environmental Safety Company (EPA)-registered insect repellent. All EPA-registered insect repellents are evaluated for security and effectiveness, and can own DEET, picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol because the sharp ingredient. Repellents containing a better percentage of the sharp ingredient steadily present longer-lasting security. Always prepare the product label directions.
  • Watch out utilizing repellent on the palms of youth as it is going to also irritate the eyes and mouth.
  • Place on protective dresses a lot like long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Restrict outdoor suppose from dusk to morning time when mosquitoes are most sharp.
  • Withhold window and door displays to attract shut mosquitoes out of structures. Attain no longer prop originate doors.
  • Gain rid of mosquito breeding sites by placing off standing water spherical your individual dwelling:
  • Flip over any form of container that can rep water. As soon as per week, empty out objects that draw shut water a lot like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdbaths, pet bowls, flowerpots, and trash containers.
  • Clear clogged roof gutters, specifically if leaves are inclined to trail up the drains.
  • Treat standing water that can no longer be eliminated, a lot like retention ponds or drainage ditches, with a mosquito larvicide. Mosquito larvicide is easy to make consume of and can even be bought at most dwelling enchancment retail outlets.

Mosquito-borne illnesses, a lot like EEE are seasonal and flare in heat summer season months and proceed into the autumn.  The public is entreated to guard themselves from mosquito bites until the first intelligent frost of the yr.

“EEE is mainly one of essentially the most threatening mosquito-borne illnesses in the United States,” stated Dr. Russell Faust, scientific director for the Properly being Division. “It has a 33 p.c fatality charge in of us that turned into in heart-broken health. People younger than age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest risk of severe illness following infection.”

People will even be contaminated with EEE from the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. Indicators of EEE encompass the sudden onset of fever, chills, physique and joint aches which is able to progress to a severe encephalitis, ensuing in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis. Permanent brain ruin, coma and demise may perhaps perhaps well also occur in some cases. Any individual experiencing these symptoms can even tranquil consult with their physician’s office.

Extra recordsdata about Mosquito-Borne Disease, a lot like EEE, will even be came across on the Properly being Division’s web snarl at or by contacting Nurse on Name at 800-848-5533 or

Nurse on Name is offered 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For up-to-date public health recordsdata, prepare @publichealthOC on Facebook and Twitter.

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