YPSILANTI, MI — In an effort to trace and stop disease-infected mosquito and tick bites, the Washtenaw County has launched a Tick and Mosquito Surveillance Program.
Through this system, the health division will monitor tick and mosquito data to add to a statewide system used to trace and prepare for rising diseases, a news launch stated. It will then be able to help determine virus-transmitting mosquitoes and deer ticks, which might trigger the Zika virus and Lyme illness, respectfully, it mentioned.
Mosquito traps and tick drags can arrange all through the county, together within Chelsea, Dexter, Whitmore Lake, Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Saline, the discharge mentioned.
Seventeen residents were identified with Lyme illness in 2018, seven of whom who doubtless contracted the illness within the county, the discharge stated. The disease could be transmitted by contaminated black-legged ticks, mentioned Kristen Schweighoefer, environmental well-being director for the WCHD.
There were three travel-associated studies of the Zika virus in 2016, but no other confirmed cases within the county, it mentioned. Nevertheless, there were annual cases of the West Nile virus in residents since 2002, it stated.
“Although the mosquitoes that transmit Zika virus have but to be found here, it’s essential to take a proactive approach to better shield and inform our residents,” Schweighoefer said within the launch. “With our altering climate, it’s possible solely a matter of time earlier than these species of mosquitoes can be lively in our space.”
There are several methods to prevent mosquito and tick bites, the release mentioned.
Mosquito bite prevention includes utilizing insect repellent; wearing clothes with protection while open air; utilizing screens to maintain mosquitoes out of your home; and eliminating standing water around yards, which might turn out to be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.