YPSILANTI, MI – To trace and stop illness-contaminated mosquito and tick bites, the Washtenaw County has launched a Tick and Mosquito Surveillance Program. By this technique, the health division will monitor tick and mosquito information to add to a statewide system used to hint and put together for rising ailments, an information launch said. It’s going to be then capable of assist decide virus-transmitting mosquitoes and deer ticks, which could set off the Zika virus and Lyme sickness, respectfully, it talked about.
Mosquito traps and tick drags can organize all via the county, collectively inside Chelsea, Dexter, Whitmore Lake, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Saline, the discharge talked about. Seventeen residents had been recognized with Lyme sickness in 2018, seven of whom who probably contracted the illness inside the county, the discharge stated. Contaminated black-legged ticks could transmit the illness, talked about Kristen Schweighoefer, environmental properly-being director for the WCHD.
There have been three journey-related research of the Zika virus in 2016; however, no different confirmed instances inside the county, it talked about. Nonetheless, there have been annual instances of the West Nile virus in residents since 2002, it acknowledged.
“Though the mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus have, however, to be discovered right here, it’s important to take a proactive strategy to protect higher and inform our residents,” Schweighoefer stated inside the launch. “With our altering local weather, it’s attainable solely a matter of time sooner than these species of mosquitoes could be vigorous in our area.”
There are several strategies to stop mosquito and tick bites; the discharge talked about.
Mosquito bite prevention consists of using insect repellent; wearing garments with safety whereas open air; using screens to take care of mosquitoes out of your property; and eliminating standing water around yards, which could change into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.