No cases in Branch County, but more EEE in state


However, if the hospital voluntarily reports the death to DPH, it is considered an official report, officials said.

EEE is a rare disease caused by a virus that is transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes.

'Although mosquito populations are declining at this time of year, risk from EEE will continue until the first hard frost, ' Dr Catherine Brown, a state epidemiologist for MA, said in a statement. Those are a mixture of six compounds found in chrysanthemum flowers that are toxic to insects.

"We are now in a public health emergency and aerial applications provide the most effective option to suppress the outbreak by reducing mosquito populations". They do recommend those who have known sensitivities to pyrethrins stay indoor to reduce potential exposure to the spray.

Two people have died from EEE.

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"The increasing geographic spread and increasing number of EEE cases in humans and animals indicate that the risk for EEE is ongoing", said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health.

'We continue to emphasize the need for people to protect themselves from mosquito bites'. Pyrethrins have been registered for use in pesticides since the 1950s, MDHHS said. Aerial spraying is not expected to have any impacts on surface water or drinking water.

Aside from EEE, other mosquitoborne disease cases have been reported in Genesee County this year, including one human West Nile Virus report and one California Group virus case. Additional animal cases are under investigation. "It is absolutely essential that people take steps to avoid being bitten by a mosquito". The MDHHS is encouraging Kent County officials to consider postponing, rescheduling or cancelling outdoor activities occurring at or after dusk, particularly activities that involve children. McMullen also said in the email individuals younger than 15 and older than 50 are the most at risk for severe disease.

Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.

Most people don't develop symptoms, but those who do can experience chills, a fever, a headache and vomiting.