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Extra night of spraying planned after 2nd possible human case of EEE found

Posted at 11:20 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 23:20:51-04

LANSING, Mich. — An additional night of aerial treatment has been added to combat the potentially deadly EEE after a Montcalm County resident is suspected to have the disease.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services made the announcement Wednesday after preliminary testing of the individual.

Additional treatment blocks in Montcalm and Ionia counties have been added to the plan and spraying is expected Wednesday night.

This will complete treatment of high-risk areas of the state where EEE has been identified.

More than 436,000 acres have been treated as of Wednesday evening.

“MDHHS will continue to monitor the situation and treatment zones could be added if new cases of EEE are found,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis. As we do not have consecutive days of a hard frost in the forecast, we urge residents to continue taking precautions against mosquito bites.”

A Barry County resident and 32 animals have confirmed cases of EEE so far.

Impacted counties include Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Oakland.