Be Informed - Be Prepared - Be Observant - Be Well
Be Informed The State's advisory this week regarding Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) should prompt cautionary measures by those who spend time outdoors. While it is very rare to contract EEE, outdoor time can be made safer by taking simple precautions until the first, hard frost prompts the mosquito population into dormancy.
Be Prepared These precautions include limiting time outside at/near dusk when mosquitoes are most active, and near bodies of water where mosquito populations thrive. Wearing long pants, long sleeve shirts, and applying mosquito repellent help reduce risk of exposure at any time of day. Other precautions are suggested in the State's 9/17/19 press release.
Be Observant Should signs of EEE onset present, visit your doctor promptly. These signs include sudden onset of fever, chills, aches, fatigue, etc., which common to many other illnesses. In the case of EEE, these symptoms progress into more concerning conditions.
Be Well At this time, KNC is not cancelling or adjusting evening/night program times. Program participants should make the decision that is best for themselves related to outdoor activity at KNC or elsewhere. You can learn more about EEE from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the Michigan Emerging Disease Issues websites.