GRASS LAKE TWP., MI – More aerial spraying to fight the deadly mosquito-borne Eastern equine encephalitis virus is scheduled, potentially including parts of Grass Lake Township.
The state started its spraying on Monday, Sept. 30, with 128,000 acres in the southwest corner of Michigan. More zones are scheduled to be sprayed Tuesday, Oct. 1, including parts of Calhoun and Barry counties.
Jackson County’s zone in Grass Lake Township is listed as a “weather alternate.” This means Grass Lake Township will be sprayed Tuesday night only if weather conditions don’t allow spraying in another scheduled zone, but are clear in Jackson County.
Low-flying planes begin spraying at dusk and continue until 4:30 a.m., per the Jackson County Health Department. Ultra-low volume sprayers dispense fine aerosol droplets that stay suspended in the air and kill adult mosquitoes on contact.
Grass Lake’s zone will be rescheduled, if spraying isn’t done Tuesday night. There’s also a spraying zone in Concord Township, but a date for spraying hasn’t been set yet.
No human cases have been reported in Jackson County, Health Officer Rashmi Travis said. One horse and one deer have tested positive, Travis said – although earlier reports from the county indicated two horses tested positive.
The approximate Concord spray zone boundaries are the Concord Hills Golf Course, the Calhoun County line, Folks Road and Behling Road. The Grass Lake boundaries are I-94, the north edge of Wolf Lake, Hayball Road and Maute Road.
There have been nine human cases of EEE in Michigan this year, causing three deaths.
“We ask you to take extra precautions such as wearing bug spray with DEET, remaining indoors as possible and wearing long sleeves and pants,” Travis said in a press release. “Spraying is an effective way to minimize risk.”
Symptoms of EEE include sudden onset of fever, chills and body and joint aches. Some cases can result in seizures, paralysis, permanent brain damage, comas and death, according to a health department press release. Seek medical attention immediately if any signs develop.
For more information, visit Michigan.gov/EEE.