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In an effort to prevent spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced plans to conduct aerial mosquito control treatment in certain high-risk areas of Michigan, including Oakland County.
Treatment is scheduled to occur starting the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 16. over Brandon Township part of Oakland County. However, treatment can only take place under certain weather conditions, so the schedule may need to change. Residents are encouraged to visit Michigan.gov/EEE for up-to-date information.
EEE is one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the United States, with a 33 percent fatality rate in people who become ill. People can be infected with EEE from one bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. Persons younger than age 15 and over age 50 are at greatest risk of severe disease following infection. More than 25 percent of the nation’s EEE cases last year were diagnosed in Michigan. Aerial treatment will be conducted in the nighttime hours as this is when mosquitoes are more active. Aerial treatment is conducted by specialized aircraft, beginning in the early evening and continuing up until the following dawn. State-certified mosquito control professionals will apply an approved pesticide as an ultra-low volume (ULV) spray. ULV sprayers dispense very fine aerosol droplets that stay suspended in the air and kill adult mosquitoes on contact.
Although the aerial treatment is considered necessary to reduce human risk, it will not eliminate it. Residents must continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites by:
The full press release from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services can be viewed here: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339--539512--,00.html