9/3/2020 PRESS RELEASE First human case of West Nile virus for 2020 confirmed in Michigan – Cases of Eastern Equine encephalitis in horses are on the rise CLICK HERE to see the complete press release.
“As we approach a long holiday weekend, it’s vital to continue protecting your family from mosquito bites” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to cause severe illness, so take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours, which are dusk and dawn for the mosquitoes that transmit West Niel virus and Eastern Equine encephalitis virus.”
Warm weather is here and so are biting insects. Residents are urged to use insect repellent, take other precautions outdoors.
Residents can stay healthy by following steps to avoid mosquito bites:
- Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always follow the manufacturer’s directions for use.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.
- Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes may lay eggs.
- Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.
For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, visit Michigan.gov/emergingdiseases.
On behalf of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Van Buren/Cass District Health Department is conducting a mosquito trapping program for species surveillance.
This program is designed to monitor what level of threat Michigan may face in regards to the Zika Virus and other mosquito transmitted diseases.
—PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB—
Mosquito Bite Prevention
West Nile Virus
Visit the Emerging Diseases West Nile virus page at www.michigan.gov/westnilevirus for more information.
See the CDC website for additional WNV information
Report a sick or dead bird here: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
EEE - Eastern Equine Encephalitis
Signs of EEE include the sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint aches. Symptoms of California encephalitis virus include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and lethargy. Residents are encouraged to seek immediate medical attention if experiencing these symptoms and have been exposed to mosquitoes.
For general health information related to EEE, visit: www.cdc.gov/EEE
New 08/19/2020 EEE in Michigan Summer 2020: Please see the attached press release regarding a the second EEE positive horse confirmed for 2020, from Montcalm County. A previously reported EEE positive horse was from Clare county.
Ticks Season is Here
> Wear Repellent (with DEET)
> Check for Ticks Daily
> Shower soon after being outdoors
> Call your doctor if you get a fever or rash.
If you do find a tick attached to your skin, there's no need to panic! Click here to learn How to Remove a Tick.
More than 300 cases of Lyme disease reported in Michigan in 2017. Click here to Learn more about Ticks and Lyme Disease.
For Providers: Mosquito & Tick-borne Disease Testing
Warm weather is here and so are biting insects. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Laboratories offers comprehensive testing on clinical specimens for a number of mosquito and tick-borne diseases of concern in Michigan. The attached Information Sheet provides details of the assays available at no cost to Michigan healthcare providers for their patients.
Click here for the Information Sheet: Mosquito & Tick -borne Disease Testing