LANSING, Mich. (FOX 2) – A new case of equine encephalitis has been confirmed in St. Joseph County, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
In an effort to combat the deadly disease, more than 328,000 hectares have been treated with insecticide, and the fourth nightly aerosol spraying is ongoing on the west side of the state.
The last horse diagnosed with EEE first showed symptoms on September 23 before aerosol spraying. Completed areas include Area 2-1 in Barry County, 3-1 in Berrien County, 4-1 in Calhoun County, Districts 5-1 and 5-2 in Cass County.
Districts 12-1, 12-2 and 12-3 in St. Joseph County and 13-1 in Van Buren County. Zone 1-2 in Allegan County and Zone 13-3 in Van Buren is partially completed and scheduled today. Due to the difficulties in processing data related to districts 4-3 and 4-4 in Calhoun County, the air treatment has been moved
The areas to be treated tonight are identified on the map of the air treatment areas and include:
• District 1-1 and 1-2 in Allegan County.
• Area 13-2 and 13-3 in Van Buren County.
• Areas 8-1 and 8-2 in Kent. (weather alternative)
• Areas 10-1, 10-2 and 10-3 in Montcalm County. (weather alternative)
• District 11-1 in Newuego County. (weather alternative)
Weather alternatives are areas that can be cultivated if there is weather in one part of the state but not in the area. For more information about the locations of designated areas, see In County Air Cards.
These schedules are weather dependent and subject to change. All other processing areas will not be processed this evening. Aerial processing will continue, depending on the weather, until all areas of risk are cultivated or a severe frost is sufficient to kill these mosquitoes.
As of October 4, EEE was confirmed in nine people, with four deaths. There are cases in Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. In addition, cases occurred in 34 animals from 15 counties: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Calhoun, Cass, Genesee, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Lapper, Livingston, Montcalm, Newigo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren. Mosquitoes that spread the EEA are still active and have fallen into the trap set on October 1 in southwestern Michigan.