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Deer tests positive for EEE in Allegan Co.

Posted at 6:32 PM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 18:32:35-04

ALLEGAN, Mich.  — A deer in Dorr Township has tested positive for EEE, the Allegan County Health Department said Friday.

A mosquito control treatment area in Allegan has been added by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The treatment area will be a five-mile radius from where the deer was found.

Mosquito control aerial spraying began Wednesday, but officials don’t know how long it will take for all blocks to be sprayed because the spraying depends on weather.

The Allegan County Health Department advises residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Steps residents should take include limiting outdoor activity between dusk and dawn, applying insect repellents that contain DEET, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors and maintaining window and door screening to keep mosquitoes.

Signs of EEE include sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint aches that can progress to severe encephalitis, resulting in headaches, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis.

Permanent brain damage, coma and death can occur.