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Newaygo County Emergency Services
Friday September 27th, 2019 :: 12:41 p.m. EDT

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Aerial spraying being conducted in 14 counties to combat mosquito-borne disease EEE. Click for more info

Aerial spraying being conducted in 14 counties
to combat mosquito-borne disease
Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases continue increasing in Michigan
 
Due to the large geographic distribution and number of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) cases in humans and animals, coupled with warm weather projections, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and 12 local health departments have decided to conduct aerial spraying in high risk areas to combat further spread of the deadly disease EEE.
 
Spraying is scheduled take place starting Sunday, Sept. 29 starting at 8 p.m. However, the ability to spray is weather dependent and the schedule may change. Residents are encouraged to visit Michigan.gov/EEE for up-to-date information.

Spraying will occur in the following 14 counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapeer, Montcalm, Newaygo, St. Joseph and Van Buren. All of these counties have cases of EEE in people, animals or both. Visit Michigan.gov/EEE for more detailed information or see attached.
 
The area of impact in Newaygo County is Ensley Township. Regional Citizen Corps volunteers and local community leaders will be helping go door-to-door in the impacted 3 mile radius tomorrow morning (Saturday, September 28, 2019) starting at 9am. Informational packets will be distributed directly to impacted homeowners. 

At this time, it is felt that the risk of EEE in humans in Newaygo County is low. DHD#10 does not believe it is necessary to reschedule or change outdoor events. However, if you wish to act out of an abundance of caution, consider postponing, rescheduling or cancelling outdoor activities occurring at or after dusk, particularly activities that involve children. This would include events such as late evening sports practices or games or outdoor music practices until the first hard frost of the year.

Please see attached news release from District Health Department #10 and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services with additional information.

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Newaygo County Emergency Services
E Newell St
White Cloud, MI 49349

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Non-emergencies: 231-689-7354

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