An EEE vaccine is available for horses, however not for individuals. In 2015, 10 individuals in Michigan were contaminated and six died from the infection, which has a 33 percent death rate in people who become ill, according to MDHHS. Individuals under the age of 15, and older than 50, are at biggest risk of severe disease after infection.
A minimum of seven Michigan counties will be aerially sprayed Monday night to exterminate mosquitos carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a possibly fatal illness.
Weather-permitting, 6 other counties south and east of Lansing will be sprayed too, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS).
The arranged sprays will take location in Allegan, Barry, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana Counties. Locations in Calhoun, Jackson, Livingston and Oakland counties may also be sprayed.
This map reveals the prepared locations that will be aerially sprayed against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) on Monday, Sept. 21.
The announcement came after the overall variety of animal cases of EEE in Michigan hit 32. Thirty were identified in horses, and two in deer. EEE is a possibly fatal disease, found in animals and human, and carried by mosquitos.
Signs of EEE include fever, chills, and body and joint pains. This can progress to extreme sleeping sickness, leading to headache, disorientation, tremblings, seizures and paralysis.
One human case has been identified in Barry County.
In 2015, the state health department proposed aerial spraying but were met by civilian resistance. Mondays round of aerial spraying comes a week after 10 Michigan counties were sprayed.
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The statement came after the overall number of animal cases of EEE in Michigan strike 32. EEE is a possibly fatal disease, discovered in animals and human, and brought by mosquitos.
Last year, 10 people in Michigan were contaminated and 6 passed away from the infection, which has a 33 percent fatality rate in people who become ill, according to MDHHS.