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10/07/2019 - FROM WHMI 93.5 FM: AERIAL SPRAYING TAKES PLACE FOR EEE IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY
Aerial Spraying Takes Place For EEE In Livingston County
October 7, 2019
A portion of Livingston County was sprayed Saturday night in efforts to control the spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, or EEE.
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the aerial spraying of a portion of Green Oak and Hamburg townships took place starting at dusk Saturday and continued through to the early morning hours on Sunday. The area targeted for spraying was within a 2.5 mile radius of a confirmed animal case in Hamburg Township. Despite public concern over the effects of the pesticide, state health officials insist aerial spraying was the most effective way to combat the mosquitos that transmit EEE, considered one of the most dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in the country with a fatality rate estimated at about 33% of those who become ill after infection.
The substance being sprayed is Merus 3.0, an EPA-registered, organic botanical adult mosquito insecticide containing 5% pyrethrins which are naturally found in chrysanthemum flowers. Livingston County Director of Environmental Health Matt Bolang previously said the dosage being used is very small, about one tablespoon per acre, and it degrades quickly, adding that when it is airborne it will degrade within hours and, in the soil, it can last about a day or two but will break down shortly after that.
Authorities say the risk of bites from infected mosquitoes is highest for people who work or play outdoors in these areas and advise those who do to wear insect repellent when outdoors (especially at dawn and dusk) as an especially important method to prevent EEE. (JK)
Hamburg Residents Needed to Model for Portrait Group
The Portraiteers of the Hamburg Senior Center are looking for residents who would like to have their portrait done. The only requirement: you must sit fairly still for 20 minutes at a time (you get several 10 minute breaks) and be available Fridays, 12:30 to 3 PM. Models receive a $35 fee The artists work in a variety of media, and if one of the portraits are interesting to you, you can work something out with the artist. So if you are interested, contact Chris at the Senior Center and she will take down your contact info. Phone: 1.810.231.1000 Ext. 225
LIVINGSTON COUNTY EMS NOTIFICATION SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE
Livingston County Emergency Management has a system in place to notify the community of critical information like tornadoes and other severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, evacuations and other emergencies that may endanger the public. They are asking that all residents sign up for this service.
Direct link to the sign-up page - https://member.smartmsg.com/index/453003085615617#/login
Link to Livingston County Emergency Management information page - https://www.livgov.com/emergencymanagement/Pages/livalert.aspx
Please share these links with your neighbors. The more people signed up for this notification the safer our community will be. Thanks!
Deputy Chief / Training Officer
Hamburg Township Fire Department
Updated October 10, 2019