Schools in Area Taking Precautions with Local EEE Case Reported
Local schools are letting parents and students know they are taking precautions with the latest news of more EEE cases, (Eastern Equine Encephalitis), being reported within the state, including right here in Genesee County.
Grand Blanc schools released a letter on social media stating they are monitoring the situation and gave a list of precautions individuals could take when attending evening activities such as football games.
Swartz Creek schools posted to their Facebook page that the school district has hired a professional company to spray for mosquitoes and treat every square inch of their outdoor space within the district. This week is homecoming week for the district and many activities have been planned.
The Davsion School district is making time adjustments to their activities requesting that all school-sponsored activities, which includes Davison Community Enrichment and Recreation events such as youth football, end by by 7 pm. They are also moving DCER youth flag football games to Central Elementary beginning next week with all of the games to be concluded by 7 p.m.
All of the districts mentioned are taking heed from the health department and encouraging people to spray themselves with mosquito repellent containing DEET, and wear long-sleeve clothing as well as try to avoid any outdoor activities after dusk.
EEE is a rare disease that is caused by a virus spread by infected mosquitoes. EEE virus (EEEV) is one of a group of mosquito-transmitted viruses that can cause inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). In the United States, approximately 5-10 EEE cases are reported annually. So far there have been seven confirmed human cases of EEE in Michigan with onset dates in July, with one being here in Genesee County.