Three Michigan citizens have died from the rare mosquito-borne virus Eastern equine encephalitis and four others have been sickened by the disease, state health officials stated Tuesday, amid the largest outbreak in more than a decade.
Those who live in all eight of the affected counties – Kalamazoo, Cass, Van Buren, Berrien, Barry, St. Joseph, Genesee and Lapeer counties – are urged to consider canceling, suspending or rescheduling outdoor events that happen at or after dusk, particularly those who involve kids, based on the state Department of Health and Human Services.
This would come with occasions similar to late-evening sports practices or games or outdoor music practices “out of an abundance of warning to guard the public health and applies till the first hard frost of the year,” based on a health department news release.
The three people who died have been all adults, mentioned Bob Wheaton, a spokesman for the health department. County Health and Community Services Department of the Kalamazoo also issued advice to local communities and school districts to consider canceling outdoor events at dusk or after dark, when mosquitoes are most active or move them indoors.
“Michigan is at present experiencing its worst Eastern equine encephalitis outbreak in additional than a decade,” mentioned Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “The ongoing cases reported in humans and animals and the severity of this disease illustrate the significance of taking precautions upon mosquito bites.”
EEE is one of the most dangerous viruses from a mosquito in the U.S. One in three people who are infected with the virus die. The only method to prevent it’s to keep away from mosquito bites.