Aerial spraying planned to combat EEE

In an effort to help prevent the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced plans to conduct aerial mosquito control treatment in certain, high-risk areas of Michigan.

EEE has been confirmed in 22 horses in 10 counties in Michigan, and additional animal cases are under investigation. To date, no human cases have been identified.

In order to prevent the loss of life and protect public health, MDHHS has determined a targeted aerial treatment plan is necessary.

Treatment started this week and will cover areas identified by the state’s aerial treatment plan, with the exception of federal properties and tribal lands.

The aerial treatment is scheduled for evenings and will take place in Barry, Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Oakland counties.

Additional areas may be selected for treatment if new human or animal cases occur outside the already-identified zones.

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