Several school districts in Southwest Michigan have moved up the fold for football games Friday to day in response to the recent outbreak of Eastern equine encephalitis.
A mosquito-borne virus has killed three people in Cas, Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties, and it is also found in people in Bari County.
On Tuesday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services encourages local leaders from Barry, Berrien, Cas, Geneseo, Kalamazoo, Lapeer, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties to consider postponing, rescheduling or canceling outdoor activities, especially those outdoor activities. including children, in an effort to protect public health.
In response to these recommendations, at least 1
As of Wednesday evening, those races that are rescheduled are:
Casopolis in Bangor, 4:00 pm
Buchanan in Constantine, 5 pm
Centerville in White Dove, 5:00 pm
Mendon at Bloomingdale, 5:00 PM
Hartford at Eau Claire, 5:00 PM
Marcellus at Decatur, 5:00 PM
Perry at Lake Odessa Lakewood, 5:00 PM
Three Rivers at Sturgis, 5:00 PM
Paw Paw at Dowagiac, 5:15 pm
Plainwell in South Haven, 5:15 pm
Lawton in Delton Kellogg, 5:30 pm
Matavan in Nils, 5:30 pm
In Kalamazoo County , Portage Central will play its home game against Battle Creek Central at the scheduled time of 7pm as well as Grand Blanc and Flint Carman-Ainsworth in Genesee County.
Portage Public Schools released a statement regarding the district's decision to decline at 7pm, noting that it stems from the fact that the soil surfaces in Portage Central and Portage Northern are almost extremely artificial, which is not a natural mosquito habitat.
"Portage Public Schools is closely monitoring the situation in Western Michigan with regard to Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE)," it said, "We will continue to be diligent in assessing the risks of EEE. After careful consideration, Portage Public Schools will maintain current schedules of athletic events and outdoor activities at this time. Factors contributing to this decision include the following: Almost all practices are conducted immediately after school during daylight hours. Most athletic-style outdoor competitions take place on hard surfaces or on artificial grass fields, a factor known to prevent mosquito breeding and therefore reduce the risk of contact. "
A statement from Grand Blanc Public Schools in Genesee County also stated that sports activities in the high school district would occur on a timetable and that it was considering options for additional mosquito control activities.
" Given the recent discovery of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in Michigan, Grand Blanc Community Schools schools are encouraging anyone who goes out for activities in the evening or later, or before / at dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, to take out Pa. measures to prevent mosquito bites "The statement said. "The virus is currently being detected in several animals in the Genesee area. We are monitoring the situation and will update our community forward. We do not anticipate any change in outdoor or day breaks. Please keep in mind that the safety of our students is our major concern. "
A total of seven human cases of the virus have been confirmed, in what MDHHS has called the" worst (EEE) outbreak "for more than a decade on Tuesday.
"We take this really seriously as a threat to public health," says Bob Wheaton, public information officer at MDHHS, in an interview with MLive on Wednesday, September 18th.
For those attending outdoor high school athletic competitions, state health officials advise people to use DEET insect repellent, wear long sleeves and trousers, be sure windows and screens are secure and drain any standing water from places like flower pots, buckets, barrels and tires.
Only 4 to 5 percent o If people become infected with the virus, people will become ill according to information provided by MDHHS. The infected usually do not show symptoms; however, those who do will develop chills, fever, weakness, muscle and joint pain.
Less than 1% of infected people will develop a serious neurological disorder that causes inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues, according to MDHHS. About 30 percent of people who develop neurological infection due to Eastern equine encephalitis will die, according to MDHHS.