3 of Montcalm County towns were encouraged for EEE virus

3 of Montcalm County towns were encouraged for EEE virus

After being postponed again, aerial spraying has been acquired by three townships in Montcalm County for the Eastern Cells Equine mosquito (EEE) virus.

Parts of Montcalm and Pierson towns were sprayed last Friday, and part of Eureka Township was sprayed on Sunday, according to Public Information Officer of the Central Michigan District Health Department, Leslie Kinnee.

Kinnee said that 109 people from Montcalm County had asked to choose the spray, although only 15 of those applications were from people who were actually living in the spray zones.

More than 557,000 acres were sprayed throughout Michigan and all areas proposed for treatment were compared on Tuesday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Michigan. 16 counties reported EEE activity, with 39 animals testing positive for EEE infection and 20 human cases of EEE viruses and other vosquito reported to date. Four people died from EEE.

The pesticide used in the aerial spray was Merus 3.0, an organic pesticide containing 5 per cent of phioratrin, according to the JCSP. Pyrotechnics are chemicals that occur naturally in some chrysanthemum flowers. They are a mixture of six chemicals that are toxic to insects. Pyrotechnics are usually used to control mosquitoes, fleas, flies, moths, ants and other pests. Pyrethrins have been registered for use in pesticides since the 1950s.

In general, health risks from spraying are not expected and it is not expected to have any impact on surface water or drinking water, according to the MDHHS.

Visit www.mmdhd.org/EEE, www.cdc.gov/eee or www.michigan.gov/eee for more information about EEE and the aerial sprays.

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