On Monday, Sept. 14, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will conduct targeted aerial spraying in high-risk areas within 10 counties throughout Michigan to combat further spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Read the full press release on the MDHHS website.
Kent County is listed among the 10 counties, however, treatment by MDHHS will ONLY take place in areas where there are positive tests, which have only been found in a small northeastern area of the county. East Grand Rapids does not currently have any positive tests. A treatment map can be viewed here.
The MDHHS press release notes: "Treatment is scheduled to occur starting the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 16. However, treatment can only take place under certain weather conditions, so the schedule may need to change...In general, health risks are not expected during or after spraying...Aerial treatment will be conducted in the nighttime hours as this is when mosquitoes are more active. It is also when fish are less likely to be at the surface feeding and honeybees are most likely to be in their hives."
For additional information on EEE, including how to prevent mosquito bites, we recommend reading the MDHHS press release and visit the KCHD’s EEE webpage.