Aerial treatment to help prevent spread of EEE completed in Michigan
Aerial treatment to prevent the spread of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus has been completed with approximately 462,000 acres treated, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Thursday. The treatment, which started on Sept. 16, was completed Wednesday, according to MDHHS. “Aerial treatment was important to protect the health and safety of Michiganders,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. A Montcalm County resident is suspected of having EEE following preliminary testing. Individuals younger than 15 and over 50 are at a high risk on contracting the virus, MDHHS said in a press release.
First 2020 human EEE case confirmed in Michigan, aerial treatments to resume Monday
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the second night of aerial treatment to combat the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has resulted in more than 226,000 total acres being completed across the state. MDHHS confirmed Friday that one human case has been confirmed in Barry County. “Treatment is being conducted to protect the health and safety of Michiganders in the affected areas,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. Additionally, a deer in Allegan County has been diagnosed with EEE. Impacted counties are now Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Clare, Ionia, Isabella, Jackson, Kent, Livingston, Mecosta, Montcalm, Newaygo and Oakland.
6 additional EEE cases reported in horses in Michigan, expanding to Livingston County
With the second day of aerial treatment conducted for counties at risk of the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Thursday that six more cases were confirmed in horses, expanding Livingston County to the list. MDHHS said the new cases brings the total to 28 cases and 11 counties. The new EEE cases means expanding treatment in Jackson, Kent, Livingston and Montcalm counties, according to a press release from MDHHS. “These additional cases of EEE in horses underscores the importance of providing aerial treatment in the affected counties,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MDHHS chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Horse owners are not required to vaccinate their animals for EEE,” said State Veterinarian Nora Wineland, DVM in the press release.
First night of aerial treatment underway for Michigan counties at high risk of EEE
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced Wednesday the first night of aerial treatment is underway to combat the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus in Montcalm and Clare counties. Other counties -- including Kent, Newaygo, Oceana, Muskegon, Mecosta and Ionia counties -- may receive treatment Wednesday depending on the weather. While EEE has been confirmed in horses, a West Michigan resident is also suspected of having the mosquito-borne illness -- the first human known to contract EEE this year in Michigan. Michiganders are strongly urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites following the suspected EEE case along with nine confirmed cases of West Nile Virus. The outbreak at that time extended to 10 human cases and 46 animal cases.
Health experts concerned about EEE, West Nile Virus in Michigan
Officials are set to conduct aerial mosquito treatment Wednesday night in 10 Michigan counties that are considered high risk for the deadly disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). State officials said they’re concerned about increasing cases of EEE in horses and the first suspected human case in a man from Barry County. Late summer and early autumn is the time of year when cases of West Nile Virus and EEE rise. In addition to concerns about EEE, there have also been nine confirmed cases of West Nile Virus -- including cases in Wayne and Oakland counties and Detroit. RELATED: Michigan confirms first 2020 human case of West Nile virus in Wayne County residentIn addition to wearing mosquito repellent, experts recommend getting rid of standing water around your property to remove potential breeding grounds and repairing any holes in window screens.
Aerial mosquito treatment planned for 10 Michigan counties considered high risk for EEE
Officials are set to conduct aerial mosquito treatment in 10 Michigan counties that are considered high risk for the deadly disease Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 22 cases of EEE in horses across Michigan. READ: Oakland County residents urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites amid confirmed EEE casesHealth officials have determined a targeted aerial treatment plan is necessary. This means mosquito control treatment will be required for those areas that are identified by the aerial treatment plan, with exception of federal properties and tribal lands. Aerial treatment is conducted by specialized aircraft, beginning in the early evening and continuing up until the following dawn.
Central Michigan University students group not “fired up” for classes
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan University shows no signs of shutting down campus as it nears 300 coronavirus (COVID-19) cases associated with it’s university population. The administration is pushing to keep students on campus until it is no longer feasible, but tensions with students are increasing. However, the Central Michigan District Health Department reports it’s identified 260 cases related to CMU’s student population. A group of students participating in a #NotFiredUpForFall campaign put up signs in popular spots on campus Monday calling on the university to suspend in-person classes. CMU President Bob Davies addressed these requests in a letter on Aug. 28.
Central Michigan eliminates men’s track program as part of coronavirus (COVID-19) cuts
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan University has eliminated its men’s track program as part of budget cuts triggered by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Athletic Director Michael Alford said the indoor and outdoor men’s track teams are affected. “Hundreds of students have participated in this longstanding, successful program at Central Michigan, and we know this will impact them, and supporters of this program, greatly.”The decision was made as part of budget planning around the pandemic, Alford said. Scholarships for current men’s track and field students, including those awarded to new students starting in the fall, will be honored for the rest of their CMU careers, university officials said. “My heart goes out to these student-athletes," Alford said.
No jobless benefits for ousted prosecutor, judge says
LANSING, Mich. – A state prosecutor who lost his job after having a relationship with a woman in an assault case isn’t entitled to unemployment benefits. An administrative law judge with the state of Michigan says Brian Kolodziej’s “misconduct has been established.” Kolodziej was an assistant attorney general until he was forced out in September. He acknowledged having an intimate relationship with a woman while he was handling her sexual assault case in Isabella County but said it was consensual. Attorney General Dana Nessel called it “incredibly disturbing.”
WATCH: Michigan State Police use chopper to help catch suspect fleeing in stolen truck
ISABELLA COUNTY, Mich. – A chopper helped police track down a suspect fleeing in a stolen truck Friday in Isabella County. See video of the pursuit below. At one point, the suspect ditched the truck and tried running away on foot, but they eventually surrendered, police said.
4 dead, including child, in multi-vehicle Michigan crash
CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Authorities say four people including a 3-year-old child have died and three others were injured following a multi-vehicle crash in mid-Michigan. The crash happened Sunday afternoon in Isabella County's Chippewa Township, near Mount Pleasant and about 120 miles (193 kilometers) northwest of Detroit. One vehicle swerved into oncoming traffic along Michigan highway 20, colliding head-on with a pickup truck. The sheriff's office says the dead were the 48-year-old man driving of the vehicle that swerved as well as the 34-year-old woman driving the pickup and her two passengers, including the 3-year-old child. The sheriff's office says the driver of the vehicle that swerved may have had a medical issue before the crash, but the cause of the crash is under investigation.