Everything you need to know about ‘Mosquito Dunks’: What is Bti? How does it work? Is it safe?
Mosquitoes use standing water to breed, which is why you should make sure there isn’t any standing water on your property. But what if you can’t get rid of the standing water? That’s where Bti becomes useful.
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.
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.
First human case of mosquito-borne EEE suspected in West Michigan
A West Michigan resident is suspected of having the mosquito-borne illness Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the first of the 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. More than 25% of the country’s EEE cases last year were diagnosed in Michigan, MDHHS officials said. On Monday, Michigan announced aerial treatment for mosquitoes in 10 counties to help limit EEE risk. LAST YEAR: 6th fatality linked to mosquito-borne EEE reported in Michigan
Mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus: What to know
Cases of the rare mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis, known as EEE, are popping up in Michigan and other U.S. states.What is Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE)? EEE virus (EEEV) is one of a group of mosquito-transmitted viruses that can cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). EEE cases occur primarily from late spring through early fall, but in subtropical endemic areas (e.g., the Gulf States), rare cases can occur in winter. According to Vector Disease Control International, eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) is a zoonotic alphavirus and arbovirus, and was first recognized in horses in 1831 in Massachusetts. Eastern equine encephalitis virus (EEEV) is maintained in a cycle between Culiseta melanura mosquitoes and avian hosts in freshwater hardwood swamps.
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.
Michigan confirms first 2020 human case of West Nile virus in Wayne County resident
Michigan health officials have confirmed the state’s first human case of West Nile virus for 2020 in a Wayne County resident. “Whether you’re talking about West Nile, EEE or any other mosquito-borne disease, people and animal owners should take every precaution necessary to prevent infection,” state veterinarian Nora Wineland said. MORE: MHSAA reinstates fall football, other high school sports in MichiganIn 2019, 12 human cases of West Nile virus were reported, including two deaths. Most people who become infected with West Nile virus won’t develop symptoms, but some could become sick three to 15 days after exposure. Here are some recommended steps to avoid West Nile virus, EEE and other mosquito-borne diseases:
Scientists dont believe mosquitoes can spread coronavirus (COVID-19)
DETROIT Michigan residents were very concerned about whether mosquitoes could spread the coronavirus (COVID-19) at the start of the pandemic. Mosquitoes can spread many dangerous diseases, but from the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, experts were confident they wouldnt be able to spread the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In the lab, researchers injected mosquitoes with the coronavirus, giving them a larger dose than they would naturally get from feeding on the blood of an infected person. In short, unlike the viruses that cause mosquito-borne illnesses, SARS-CoV-2 isnt able to complete the steps necessary to survive and be transmitted by mosquitoes. Even though mosquitoes cant carry COVID-19, they still pose a threat to transmit West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and other illnesses.
New research: Children much less likely to get coronavirus (COVID-19), experience symptoms
DETROIT New research into the coronavirus (COVID-19) suggests children are much less likely to get infected, and when they do, theyre more likely to be asymptomatic. Children often play a significant role in spreading respiratory illnesses, so it generally makes sense to shut down schools. They estimate children and teenagers are only half as likely to get infected with COVID-19, compared to people over 20 years old. When children do get infected, they are more likely to be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, researchers said. From ages 10 to 19, only 21% of people with the coronavirus showed symptoms, while 69% of people older than 70 showed symptoms, studies found.
Is coronavirus (COVID-19) seasonal? Should infection rates slow during summer?
DETROIT Is the coronavirus (COVID-19) seasonal? We usually refer to the fall and winter months as cold and flu season because theres a seasonal pattern to the spread of many viruses. That has led many people to wonder if there is seasonal variation to the virus if its getting even worse. They found warmer temperatures lined up with a slower transmission of the virus, but only up to 52 degrees Fahrenheit. Beyond that, warmer temperatures didnt appear to help.
7/29: Florida officials race to stem spread of Zika; Steve Hartman remembers childhood home with his father
Mosquitoes have apparently picked up the Zika virus and are now spreading it in south Florida; It's been over a year since Steve Hartman helped his dad pack up move out of the family home for good.cbsnews.com
U.S. commits more than $500 million to fighting Zika
With warm weather fast approaching, mosquitoes will be making their return to much of the U.S. soon -- and they'll be bringing the Zika virus with them. The Obama administration committed more than $500 million Wednesday to combating the virus, but experts fear that's not nearly enough. Dr. Jon LaPook has more.cbsnews.com